28 January 2011
I was planning on another photo post today anyway, but given that it’s the 25th anniversary of the loss of the Challenger, it seemed appropriate to make this one NASA-themed. NASA is a big organization, and they don’t just have one central photo archive – they have lots. Here’s a sampling of a few of them:
NASA Earth Observatory: This is one you’ll all be familiar with – they feature satellite images, often of volcanoes, and have some really beautiful offerings in their “Image of the Day” section.
NASA JPL ASTER Volcano Archive: This is more of a data repository, but it can be really useful if you need ASTER (multispectral satellite) images of a particular volcano, to use (for example) in geologic and hazard mapping. You can get low and high resolution images, and also load them directly into GoogleEarth.
NASA Images: Pretty much the most comprehensive collection of NASA-related imagery you could want, including things from the very beginning of the space era.
Obviously, NASA isn’t just about space science, and there a lot of great resources available on these pages (and others on the NASA websites).