Mar 27, 2017

Deep Space Satellite Hovering Between Sun and Earth Can Help Earth Concerns

Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, mission
As Donald Trump works to inflict the Republicans' kill-us budget, there is, it is widely believed, a covert professional, bureaucratic and market-stabilizing resistance.

Many rational-minded folk recognize the threats that Trump, evangelicals, nationalists and other nihilists pose to the non-suicidal. So an ad hoc project has been launched.

The aims and objectives include surviving Trump, preserving liberal democracy, nourishing stable international markets, extending the duration of the biosphere and related concerns for the milestone when this lunatic is forced to resign, or January 2021 comes.

Rightwingers and other commentators are correct in identifying a deep state coup, or more accurately the speak-freely-to-press-and-defy-this-lunatic project.

The deep state is generally recognized as the professional intelligence, military, analytic and academic resources serving as a professional class in and around government through administrations.

The coup is a good thing; consider as one writer poses the concern, "Can our trusty life-supporting biosphere hang in there?" (Hunziker, CounterPunch). [The most important journalist of the last 50 years, Glenn Greenwald, objects to the deep state coup, citing democracy concerns. For Greenwald's analysis, see The Intercept and Democracy Now.]

Deep Space Climate Observatory, DSCOVR Satellite Mission

America’s first operational deep space satellite hovers some one
million miles from Earth. Positioned between the sun and Earth,
it is able to maintain a constant view of the sun and sun-lit side of
Earth. This location is called Lagrange point 1, (L1).
- (Illustration is not to scale) Credit: NOAA.
To take one illustration of how reality and one depiction of reality can degrade death cultists, consider the Deep Space Climate Observatory, DSCOVR satellite mission.

If you are not aware of this spectacular achievement, this may be because the Deep Space Climate Observatory, DSCOVR's advocates realize the potential danger the images of a five-year, live, (images taken every two hours), perspective that DSCOVR's EPIC, (Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera), camera poses to the death cultists. DSCOVR advocates may fear retaliation.

The EPIC camera, (NOAA runs EPIC), is aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite in stationary, (hovering), orbit between the earth and sun, 932,000 miles sunward from Earth. DSCOVR was launched from Earth February 2015 and has been sending images since June 2015. The DSCOVR mission's duration is five years.

EPIC cameras on DSCOVR offer NOAA personnel a constant view, (in images taken every two hours, and in real-time data), of the fully illuminated Earth, (and Sun), and the DSCOVR website offers us the highlights.

If NOAA decides to offer world populations NOAA's live, real-time viewing of Earth, (has not yet on a live, real-time basis like say the GOES geostationary satellite server), populations may increasingly see Earth as the planet Earth—a life-supporting place, many regions of which are available for human visitation. Images are reported by NOAA to be taken every two hours, maybe that's good enough for reinforcing the human need discouraging planetary catastrophe that death cultists wish to inflict.

The deep state could help by amplifying the DSCOVR's EPIC's perspectives of Earth as a means of subverting death cults in government and corporate interests. The message would be in effect: Don't destroy our home.

DSCOVR's capabilities are presented by NOAA emphasizing military-infrastructure-national security concerns: "The Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, will maintain the nation's real-time solar wind monitoring capabilities which are critical to the accuracy and lead time of NOAA's space weather alerts and forecasts. Without timely and accurate warnings, space weather events like the geomagnetic storms caused by changes in solar wind have the potential to disrupt nearly every major public infrastructure system, including power grids, telecommunications, aviation and GPS."

But it is the perspective of Earth that may lend the most-important images:

One year after returning it's first image, NASA's EPIC camera, aboard NOAA's DSCOVR satellite, shows us an entire year from one million miles away.

This video was created using NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), a four megapixel CCD camera and telescope, aboard NOAA's DSCOVR satellite. EPIC takes a new picture every two hours, revealing how the planet would look to human eyes, capturing the ever-changing motion of clouds and weather systems and the fixed features of Earth such as deserts, forests and the distinct blues of different seas. The camera has now recorded a full year of life on Earth from its orbit, seen here.

A million miles away, NOAA's DSCOVR, the Nation's first operational satellite in deep space, orbits a unique location called Lagrange point 1, or L1. This orbit is a gravity neutral point in space, allowing DSCOVR to essentially hover between the sun and Earth at all times, maintaining a constant view of the sun and sun-lit side of Earth. From here, the satellite can provide advanced solar measurements and early warnings of potentially dangerous space weather events, acting as a solar storm buoy in deep space.

Thanks to NASA's EPIC imager, DSCOVR's orbit also gives Earth scientists a unique vantage point for studies of the atmosphere and climate by continuously viewing the sunlit side of the planet. EPIC provides global spectral images of of Earth and insight into Earth's energy balance. EPIC's observations provide a unique angular perspective, and are used in science applications to measure ozone amounts, aerosol amounts, cloud height and phase, vegetation properties, hotspot land properties and UV radiation estimates at Earth's surface.

Learn more about the One Year on Earth - Seen from One-Million Miles video, and see video below:

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