Our planet Earth recently had its first picture day since 1972, and it didn’t disappoint.
The last time a photo of the sunlit side of the earth was released was in 1972 by the astronauts aboard the Apollo 17, and this photo is known as the Blue Marble. Now, scientists and the general public are able to marvel at the newest presentation of our planet thanks to NASA’s EPIC (Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera) which was launched back in February.
Adam Szabo, a DSCVR (Deep Space Climate Observatory) project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center said, “The high quality of the EPIC images exceeded all of our expectations in resolution.” Szabo also added, “the images clearly show desert sand structures, river systems and complex cloud patterns,” which now allows scientists to have much more detailed information to investigate.
Though flawed, we definitely live on a beautiful planet, and this new image of it should help us all to appreciate it that much more.
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