NASA Image and Video Library — The Most Popular Images
Science & Tech| | By Jason Owen
In late March, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced the completion of an online database that consolidates the online image archives of NASA’s 10 field centers.
Those field centers, like JPL — the Jet Propulsion Laboratory — have been archiving images separately since the early 1990s. For space nerds, what this meant was that if they wanted to find a certain image, you would need to know which of the 10 centers originally took the photo, and then search for it there. If you were seeking a particular image, that could take a considerable amount of time browsing 10 separate archives. But NASA says no longer.
The new NASA Image and Video Library provides everything amateur stargazers would need to quickly and efficiently locate a particular image. Looking for images of the moon landing? Not the first landing of Apollo 11, but instead images from Apollo 15? NASA’s new archive allows a quick search through all of its databases to filter out any images you want to marvel at, like the “Towering Infernos” of the Cassiopeia constellation above.
Want a quick preview of what you can find? Take a look at this collection of the most popular images on the NASA Image and Video Library.