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NASA Launches Massive Digital Library For Space Video, Photos and Audio (space.com) 48

earlytime quotes a report from Space.com: NASA on Tuesday (March 28) unveiled a new online library that assembles the agency's amazing space photos, videos and audio files into a single searchable library. The NASA Image and Video Library, as the agency calls it, can be found at http://images.nasa.gov/ and consolidates space imagery from 60 different collections into one location. The new database allows users to embed NASA imagery in websites, includes image metadata like date, description and keywords, and offers multiple resolution sizes, NASA officials said. According to the NASA statement, other features include: Automatic scaling to suite the interface for mobile phones and tablets; EXIF/camera data that includes exposure, lens used and other information (when available from the original image); Easy public access to high resolution files; Downloadable caption files for all videos. The new NASA archive is not meant to be a complete archive of all of the space agency imagery. But it does aim to showcase what the space agency has to offer.
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  • I hope nobody is going to sue them for not making the photos accessible for the blind so they have to take the whole thing offline again.

    Nah, that would never happen [slashdot.org], right?

  • Anybody know what software they use?
    • by Monoman ( 8745 )

      This ^^^^^^^^^ /.ers want to know

    • AngularJS for the front-end, served from S3. Pyramid for backend API, ImageResizer and Pipeline processes, on autoscaling EC2 infra with many other AWS native services. Infrastructure defined with Troposphere to generate CloudFormation.
  • by Rei ( 128717 ) on Wednesday March 29, 2017 @04:25AM (#54133293) Homepage

    The timing on this is perfect. A group I'm in is working on a book and right now going through trying to get copyright permission on all of the images we want to use (and sometimes you can't get it without paying fees, or can't get in touch with the author). Having such a huge wealth of public domain images all together on one seemingly well-designed search engine will be great for finding substitutions.

    Too bad there's no ready substitution for figures from papers, however :P For a nonprofit book a lot of the big servers charge around $50 per image. Which for a full length book (dozens of figures) is thousands of dollars. Most authors are very nice about granting permission, but the journals are all about cash.

    • by waveclaw ( 43274 )

      Having such a huge wealth of public domain images all together on one seemingly well-designed search engine will be great for finding substitutions.

      The images and videoes are searchable by tags. They have really good descriptions that break into keywords well. Lots of images of hardware, astrophotographs, locations, mission patches, buildings and people.

      This is a huge resource of labeled images for supervised machine learning. A massive gift to anyone wanting to do image processing.

  • this site just broke the record for "fastest I've ever bookmarked anything".

  • I would like to go to the NASA database one day, I am curious what is hidden even before the earth community
  • Remember the overhead article produced by a "non partisan think tank" that surprisingly recommended NASA outsourced everything? This is the kind of thing they'd included as "overhead" with their ridiculous criteria.
    I don't know enough to evaluate the current NASA administration, but I think it does many good things in reaching out to the community and keep NASA relevant to the American public.

  • Is there a hidden advanced search? It would be nice to find images larger than a certain resolution, especially with our high resolution screens and printers these days. It would be nice to have some other options as well.

    Other than that, the site is terrific!

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