Newly released full image of Earth is stunning

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Newly Released Full Image Of Earth Is Stunning


In 1972, the very first photo showing Earth in its entirety made its debut. Since then, many similar 'Blue Marble' pictures have followed.

Getting such an image is far from a point-and-shoot operation, but the cameras aboard the DSCOVR satellite have greatly simplified the process.

Recently, the first snapshot was captured by the satellite from a distance of about a million miles and beamed back to home base.

In addition to it being beautiful, it's astonishing in that, unlike many prior depictions, it's not a composite.

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Newly released full image of Earth is stunning

NASA Captures 'EPIC' Earth Image

(Photo: NASA Goddard Photo and Video/Flickr)

This image made from video provided by NASA shows exhaust from the rear of the second stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket during the launch of the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite (DSCOVR) on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. The observatory will fly to a point 1 million miles from Earth in direct line with the sun to watch for incoming geomagnetic storms that could trigger power outages on Earth. (AP Photo/NASA)
In this Nov. 24, 2014 photo made available by NASA, workers conduct a light test on the solar arrays on NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft (DSCOVR) in Titusville, Fla., near Kennedy Space Center. The spacecraft will observe Earth, but its primary objective will be to monitor outbursts from the sun that could disrupt communications and power back on Earth. (AP Photo/NASA, Ben Smegelsky)

DSCOVR Liftoff

(Photo: NASA Goddard Photo and Video/Flickr)

1.3 million pounds of thrust - the nine Merlin 1D engines for a Falcon 9 v1.1 first stage as it clears the tower.

(Photo: AlloyJared/Flickr)

SpaceX DSCOVR launch

(Photo: Michael Seeley/Flickr)

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One of the greatest problems with taking a full picture of Earth is that our planet is so large.

Often times the stunning views we see are actually multiple photos joined together.

Thanks to DSCOVR's super-powerful camera, aptly named EPIC, there's no stitching involved.

Though DSCOVR has a bevy of duties to tend to while out in space, it will be sending more full photos of our planet in the days ahead.
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