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NASA just made thousands of images, video and audio items available to the public

NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has just launched an amazing new public online image, video and audio library that features over 140,000 items from all over this planet and beyond.

An aerial radar image of Dublin, Ireland. Image: NASA
An aerial radar image of Dublin, Ireland. Image: NASA

The material in the NASA Image and Video Library database comes from its recent and historic missions, and contains captions and explanations to place the pieces in their original context.

 

In what should be a great help to the media, students and anyone else with an interest in the agency’s work, users can browse its most recently uploaded files, as well as discover historic or the most popular searched images, audio files and videos.

NASA has made thousands of aerial images of Africa available to the public. Image: NASA
NASA has made thousands of aerial images of Africa available to the public. Image: NASA

“NASA Image and Video Library allows users to search, discover and download a treasure trove of more than 140,000 NASA images, videos and audio files from across the agency’s many missions in aeronautics, astrophysics, Earth science, human spaceflight, and more,” NASA officials wrote in a statement.

Expedition 51 backup crew members Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Randy Bresnik of NASA . Image: NASA/Rob Navias
Expedition 51 backup crew members Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Randy Bresnik of NASA . Image: NASA/Rob Navias

The new NASA archive is not meant to be a complete archive of all of the space agency imagery, according to the agency. “The library is not comprehensive, but rather provides the best of what NASA makes publicly available from a single point of presence on the web,” it said. “Additionally, it is a living website, where new and archival images, video and audio files continually will be added.”

The Blue Marble Earth montage was created from photographs taken by new Suomi NPP satellite. Image: NASA
The Blue Marble Earth montage was created from photographs taken by new Suomi NPP satellite. Image: NASA

For further information, please visit NASA Image and Video Library.

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