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NASA Will Upload Images Of Earth From Space Every Day

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Tom Hale

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Tom is a writer in London with a Master's degree in Journalism whose editorial work covers anything from health and the environment to technology and archaeology.

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The Internet and NASA's seemingly endless stream of mind-blowing content are a match made in heaven. As part of their unending honeymoon period, NASA is going to post at least 12 images of Earth from space to their new website every single day.

“Each daily sequence of images will show the Earth as it rotates, thus revealing the whole globe over the course of a day,” NASA said on its website. NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) will take the pictures and, within 12 to 36 hours, they will be uploaded to the site, where they will be archived.

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EPIC will take the images of Earth's sunlit face over a million miles away on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR). The program is a collaboration between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Air Force to monitor solar winds and provide space weather alerts. The images will be used by scientists to measure ozone levels, aerosol levels, cloud heights and volcanic ash.

EPIC is a four megapixel CCD camera and telescope that can measure in the ultraviolet, near-infrared and visible areas of the light spectrum. The color images of Earth are created by combining three single-color images – red, green and blue – to create a photograph with the quality of a 12-megapixel camera. Each image will be about 3 megabytes in size.


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