DSCOVRDeep Space Climate Observatory (US NOAA)
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The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) was launched on 11 February 2015 to a sun-Earth first Lagrange point (LI) orbit, approximately 1.5 million km from Earth toward the sun.
DSCOVR was launched in February and recently reached its orbital station about a million miles away between the Earth and the sun.
He added: "DSCOVR's observations of Earth, as well as its early warnings of space weather events caused by the sun, will help every person to monitor the ever-changing Earth."
DSCOVR's goal is to help space weather forecasters by collecting data on solar wind and geomagnetic storms that can damage electrical systems on Earth.
DSCOVR will travel to the so-called Lagrange point, or L1, a spot 1 million miles from Earth and 92 million miles from the sun, where the gravity fields are neutralized.
Douglas Biesecker, DSCOVR program scientist at NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center, said that starting in the fall, DSCOVR will begin serving the 44,000 individuals and organizations registered to receive timely, relevant, and actionable solar-activity information via email.
The vision of Al Gore, sidelined when congressional Republicans defunded its launch vehicle, DSCOVR would provide longer warning times for solar storms.
A video from NASA shows the orientation of the DSCOVR craft in comparison with the moon, Earth and the sun.
The iconic image of Earth from space can now be viewed every day from a number of different perspectives, courtesy of a new NASA website that posts photos taken from a camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a satellite situated nearly one million miles from Earth.