NASA’s Image Archive

I have long been frustrated by how difficult it was to find any of NASA’s wonderful images online. Since mankind has not left earth orbit since 1972, the images of the lunar landings, for example, are all the more valuable reminders of the bravery and accomplishments made in the past, and serve as excellent reminders of the discoveries awaiting us when we resume our explorations into the worlds beyond Earth.

So it was with great pleasure that I read on one of my blogs the announcement that NASA has partnered with the Internet Archive to bring an extensive array of NASA’s media to the web in one place. As they say in their press release:

The Web site launch is the first step in a five-year partnership that will add millions of images and thousands of hours of video and audio content, with enhanced search and viewing capabilities, and new user features on a continuing basis. Over time, integration of www.nasaimages.org with www.nasa.gov will become more seamless and comprehensive.

The images I have looked at so far are downloadable in high-resolution form, so this really is what I have been seeking for years. I applaud the people behind this and wish them every success. The NASA Images site, on its About page, notes that the site is so far funded by a grant from the Kahle/Austin Foundation, which was established by Brewster Kahle and his wife. Mr. Kahle is behind the Internet Archive, as well.

What follows are four images I grabbed in my first run through the site. There are countless to choose from, but these grabbed me.

Buzz Aldrin on the Sea of Tranquility
Buzz Aldrin on the Sea of Tranquility
A Saturn V booster carrying Apollo 11 lifts off from Cape Canaveral
A Saturn V booster carrying Apollo 11 lifts off from Cape Canaveral
A Saturn V booster rolls out of the Vehicle Assembly Building on its way to Pad 39 for the Apollo 15 launch.
A Saturn V booster rolls out of the Vehicle Assembly Building on its way to Pad 39 for the Apollo 15 launch.
A Saturn V booster slowly proceeds towards Pad 39
A Saturn V booster slowly proceeds towards Pad 39

Hat tip: Paleo-Future

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