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  • Should we worry about geomagnetic storms caused by solar activity?

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 14th, 2016

    The Sun’s unexpected and unpredictable activity that takes place on its surface throughout the years tell us we should prepare for the worst. Huge explosions of plasma from the Sun’s corona, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), could one day produce extremely powerful geomagnetic storms that could strike Earth with enormous destructive power.

  • Could DSCOVR help in the hunt for exoplanets?

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 25th, 2015

    Could a space weather satellite be helpful in exoplanet hunting? Well, it now turns out it could. According to a team of scientists led by Stephen Kane from the San Francisco State University, the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), launched in February this year to study space weather, could make an important contribution to the continuous search for alien worlds.

  • From a million miles away, NASA camera shows Moon crossing face of Earth

    NASAAugust 6th, 2015

    A NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a unique view of the Moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth. The series of images show the fully illuminated “dark side” of the Moon that is never visible from Earth.

  • DSCOVR satellite takes ‘EPIC’ image of Earth

    Jim SharkeyJuly 23rd, 2015

    A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR ) satellite has taken its first image of the entire sunlit side of Earth from a distance of one million miles. NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) generated the color image by combing three separate images to create a photographic quality image. The camera can produce a […]

  • Satellite gearing up to take EPIC pictures of Earth

    Tomasz NowakowskiFebruary 25th, 2015

    NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR ) satellite is well on its way to do something epic. NOAA’s spacecraft, sent to monitor space weather, will use its Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) to capture the entire sunlit face of our planet and collect valuable atmospheric data. EPIC, built by Lockheed Martin, will show the full face of […]

  • NOAA: 45,000 space weather enthusiasts and counting

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 13th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERL, Fla. — With this week’s launch of DSCOVR, officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center discussing space weather. NOAA now boasts 45,000 subscribers to their space weather alerts. Here are some facts for the budding space weather enthusiast.

  • SpaceX launches DSCOVR satellite to monitor solar winds

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 11th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A Falcon 9 v 1.1 rocket rose from Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 40 at 6:03 p.m. EST (23:03 GMT) today carrying the DSCOVR satellite on a 110 day journey to the Lagrange 1 (L1) orbit where it will join two other aging satellites used to monitor solar winds.

  • High upper level winds push SpaceX DSCOVR launch to Feb. 11

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 10th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The second launch attempt of DSCOVR was scrubbed at approximately 13 minutes prior to the scheduled liftoff time of 6:05 p.m. EST (2305 GMT) today due to violation of liftoff weather conditions. DSCOVR is a satellite designed to measure incoming solar weather. However, it was Earth-bound weather that caused the scrub. The third […]

  • DSCOVR launch date now set for Feb. 10

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 9th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The next launch attempt for the DSCOVR mission will now be no earlier than Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 6:05 p.m. EST (2305 GMT) with a backup launch opportunity on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 6:03 p.m. EST (2303 GMT). Weather for an attempt on Monday, Feb. 9 was deemed to be unfavorable. If an attempt was made and […]

  • Tracking issue scrubs launch attempt of SpaceX Falcon 9 with NOAA’s DSCOVR

    Jason RhianFebruary 8th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) was just two minutes and 27 seconds prior to having one of the company’s Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket launch with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR ) – when tracking issues caused the attempt to be scrubbed. Initially poised for […]

  • SpaceX preps Falcon 9 v1.1 for DSCOVR mission and aims to make second attempt at barge landing

    SpaceFlight InsiderFebruary 7th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — California-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) has a Falcon 9 v 1.1 prepped and ready for flight. The payload for the planned Feb. 8 launch is NASA and NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR ) mission. If everything goes according to plan, DSCOVR will take to the skies from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch […]

  • Report: SpaceX launch of NASA’s DSCOVR mission slips to NET Feb. 9 – UPDATE

    Jason RhianJanuary 18th, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – SpaceFlight Insider has received a report that NASA’s launch of the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR ) mission has slipped to no-earlier-than (NET) Feb. 9, 2015. No details have been released as to the cause of the delay or at what time that the launch will take place. A SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 […]

  • DSCOVR now set to launch no earlier than Jan. 29

    SpaceFlight InsiderDecember 30th, 2014

    The U.S. Air Force (USAF) in conjunction with Space Exploration Technologies or “SpaceX,”and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA announced a delay in the launch of the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR ) mission. Originally slated for Jan. 23 2015, DSCOVR is now scheduled to launch no earlier than Jan. 29, […]