If you like outer space and dream of wishing you were up there instead of behind a desk at your job, then NASA’s announcement last week should bring some cheer to your life. The US space agency launched a new web-based search engine for much of its catalog of images, video and audio files, which you can browse by keyword and metadata, so that you never have to remember the dismal reality that you still remain earthbound ever again.
NASA’s Image and Video Library website at https://images.nasa.gov features big, easy to find search bar where you can type things like ‘asteroid’, ‘supernova’, or ‘moon’ to find exactly what you are looking for. You can also filter only specific kinds of content, and sort results by their upload date, or by popularity.
All the content on the site is embeddable, and there are multiple download resolutions to choose from. The site also shows image metadata, so you can see what equipment was used when they were captured. There is also a caption file available for all video, so you can easily include subtitles with clips when reposting.
This is a terrific resource for media covering news or interested in space science, and a great way to just kill time even if you are not planning on repurposing any of the available media. NASA notes that this is not a comprehensive collection of its available media, but a representative and deep collection with an easy-to-access public interface. The agency is also planning to expand this collection over time.