Satellite view of one face of the Earth

Photo: European Space Agency

Cloudy marble

Clouds swirl above the surface of the Earth in this photo taken on Aug. 7 from the European Space Agency's newest satellite, MSG-3.


The satellite, which launched July 5, is designed to constantly face Earth and capture high-resolution images for weather forecasting. In addition to its weather-watching capabilities, MSG-3 will allow scientists to better understand the planet's climate processes using a radiation sensor that measures solar and infrared energy emanating from the Earth.


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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

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