The Deep Space Climate Observatory (also cleverly known as DSCOVR) is a spacecraft that sits a 1.6 million kilometres away from Earth, hovering between the sun and our planet. Its mission: to monitor space weather and send us an endless stream of interplanetary selfies. This is its first.
When the solar winds blow strong, it plays havoc with electronics here on Earth. We can protect our sensitive electronic infrastructure — power grids, navigation and communication satellites, and such — but only with sufficient warning. And that’s where the new DSCOVR satellite comes in.