NASA has recently unveiled its Image and Video Library, effectively making a huge chunk of their photo and video collection available to the public. With the geek community losing their minds over the news, let’s take a quick look at what this unveiling entails –
Search, Discover, and Download
Users can search for any space photo or short video they want using keywords metadata searches from NASA.gov. They can also discover popular and/or recent photos by NASA on the homepage. Making things better, all material on the site is up for free download.
140,000 images, videos and audio files from 60 collections
The collection on the website is not comprehensive, but regardless, it currently holds a massive host of visual treats from across the agency’s many missions in aeronautics, astrophysics, Earth science, human spaceflight, and more. All of the publicly available material from 60 different collections have been consolidated under one banner, making it easier for the public to find and discover material.
The content featured on the website are all embeddable, without any copyright laws attached to them. All the material can be downloaded in multiple resolutions and used however one pleases.
Accompanying EXIF Data
Every image on the website has supporting EXIF data that includes exposure, lens used, and other information, when available from the original image. Additionally, all videos also include a downloadable caption file.
Lastly, the gallery is live. Meaning NASA will continue uploading images and videos of its current and future project on the website, keeping their public database consistently updated.
NASA has been around for 59 years, and in these 59 years, it has accomplished great things. With this gallery, NASA has made its journey so far, and its journey to come, available to people all over the world. From the magnificent first image of Saturn and its edgy rings captured by the Cassini, the pictures of Omega Nebula provided by the Hubble Space Telescope showing the glowing bubbly ocean of hydrogen gas to a stunning picture of the space shuttle Discovery sitting on its launch base, with a full moon behind it – the collection is absolutely brilliant, and the world’s for the taking.