EPIC: NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory Snaps Moon Transiting the Earth

By: | August 10th, 2015

NASA Moon Earth Photo

NASA Moon Earth Photo (Image Courtesy www.nasa.gov)

Last month, NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite, launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket earlier this year, took a picture of the far side of the moon as it passed in front of the “big blue marble.”

The first photo of this kind was taken by the Soviet Luna 3 spaceship in 1959 and again by NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft in 2008.

DSCOVR is orbiting between the Earth and Sun to observe solar emissions and gauge their possible effect on power grids and satellites in geostationary orbit.

The following video, just released by NASA, shows the moon transiting the earth. The images were taken by the DISCOVR spacecraft’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC)

David Russell Schilling

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