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NASA Releases First Photo of Sunlit Earth in 40 Years

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    NASA released the first image of a sunlit Earth, which was taken on July 6, 2015. It was taken 1000 miles away with the help of a four megapixel camera and telescope.

    While images of Pluto are still coming in from NASA, the organization has released another milestone photo: one of a sunlit Earth.

    The last time NASA released a full image of the Earth from space the year was 1972 and the photo, snapped by the Apollo 17 astronauts, was called the "Blue Marble." 

    The first image of a full sunlit Earth, taken from about 1 million miles away. NASA scientists are hopeful they can soon have a daily installment of Earth photos.
    Photo credit: NASA

    This photo is significantly better in quality than the "Blue Marble" pic because of the resolution (click here for the high resolution version). 

    A camera, known as Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite took the historic photo from one million miles away, according to NASA. EPIC is made up of a four megapixel camera and telescope. 

    The Earth image, taken on July 6, 2015, was created by combining three different images — taken with red, green, and blue filters — to create one full photo.

    The image is meant to show the effects of sunlight scattered by air molecules. It showcases North and South America.

    Eventually, NASA said on their website it is hoping the camera will harvest regular data and provide daily images of Earth.