NASA released this Tuesday its new online library that includes special collections of the most amazing space photos. The library also contains audio and video from their registers as the federal space agency NASA assembles its most impressive content in just one website: images.nasa.gov
The brand new release comes to allow the general public to experience significant NASA’s achievements as the agency put together more than 60 data collections to show them to the world. This is the top space imagery online publication ever offered by the agency, and they hope Americans and people, in general, can appreciate the work they have been doing.
“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.
In the explained website users would be able to browse through the extensive collection of images, audio, and video, and even surf through the most visited and popular pieces of imagery. The objective is for people to discover material from some of the most historic moments the agency has accomplished in the past, officials wrote.
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The material gathered on the website can be embedded on distinct internet sites, as well as it has the presence of metadata (date, description, and keywords). The images, audio, and video present in the page can be found in spectacular resolutions, according to the official description given by the agency.
In addition to the known features, there is a set of possibilities and characteristics for users to enjoy when visiting the website and assure an enhanced trip into NASA and its registers. For example, the library is ready to suit into mobile phones’ display which makes the experience similar when visiting the page through one of them. Also, all the exceptional characteristics of the cameras used for capturing each moment is available for users, and the content is downloadable for anyone at high resolutions.
NASA officials have stated that the objective of this online library is not to portray each and every moment captured in specific missions and operations, but instead to showcase what NASA has to offer to the public. The official statement reads that the goal is to keep uploading new images, video, and audio, aiming to the expansion of the collection.
Before the launch of this website, each specific NASA Center was responsible for managing the data from its registers, which made difficult for users to find determined material. Now, the specialized company V! Studios has built an Application Program Interface (API) which makes the job less difficult for NASA curators to administrate all the content, establishing a sort of centralizing system easier for both users and system managers.
Along with the space agency, many state offices are expected to evolve into using massive digitized content, and NASA has become one of the pioneers on this mechanism.