A NASA camera records a year in the life of our planet.
In the early 1970s, an Apollo astronaut traveling to the moon captured the first fully illuminated photo of Earth from space. Today, a NASA camera takes a similar image of Earth at least once every two hours. The camera, called EPIC, is stationed aboard NOAA’s DSCOVR satellite, which is located at a gravitational balance point between Earth and the sun approximately one million miles away. With the sunlit side of Earth in constant view, EPIC snaps a picture in multiple wavelengths of light as the planet turns beneath it. Since June 2015, the camera has beamed back thousands of images, providing a continuous, detailed look at our planet’s daily motions like never before. Watch the video to see a time-lapse of Earth created from images taken by EPIC over the course of a year.