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Million Mile Moon Shot

It’s rare to see images taken from space that have both Earth and the moon in a single frame. But in July 2015, a NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured shots of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of our planet. The series of test images were captured by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), a four megapixel CCD camera and telescope on the DSCOVR satellite orbiting 1 million miles from Earth. EPIC maintains a constant view of the fully illuminated Earth as it rotates, providing scientific observations of ozone, vegetation, cloud height and aerosols in the atmosphere. Once EPIC begins regular observations in September, the camera will provide a series of Earth images allowing study of daily variations over the entire globe. Watch the video to see a time-lapse assembled from the images.

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Rob Gutro (NASA/GSFC)

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DSCOVR video and images courtesy of NASA/NOAA
Orbit diagram courtesy of NASA/WMAP Science Team
DSCOVR satellite rendering courtesy of NOAA

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