The NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, partnered up with the well respected Internet Archive to provide access to a huge collection of pictures and videos in a total of 21 different collections. The non profit organization will administrate the collection which is expected to go live in the coming week.
Lo and Behold the official website NASA Images is already online and everyone can take a sneak peak of what the website has to offer. It feels a bit crowded over there currently though with many users receiving a dreaded "NASA Images is experiencing high load, please wait 30 seconds and reload." message instead of images and videos that they came to see.
You can search the website by keyword, use one of the four major pillars of the website (Universe, Solar System, Earth Astronauts) or enter the website by clicking on one of the missions that are presented in a timeline on the main page.
Plans are to integrate the NASA Images website seamlessly with the main NASA website to provide visitors with the best possible interaction between the image archive and the rest of the public NASA information.
NASA Images is definitely a wonderful space for space buffs but also students, historians and researchers throughout the world.
Update: The website has been updated and is now directly available on the Archive website. Here you can browse the top downloads of the day, sub-collections that are made available to you, or items that have recently been added to the archive.
A search is provided at the top that you can use to find images of a topic of interest. When you enter sun for instance you receive all results that have the sun as a subject. It is probably not the best option if you are after images as you won't get image previews in the results.
A better option may be to browse the collections directly, or start with the most downloaded items instead. There is also a Flickr Group available with Nasa images that have been released under Creative Commons it seems.Advertisement