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Love staring into space? NASA's entire photo archive is now available to you

By Bryan Chan & Marcus Wong - on 20 Apr 2017, 9:32am

Love staring into space? NASA's entire photo archive is now available to you

NASA has just updated its Image and Video library website, putting literally its entire photo and video archive at your fingertips. The archive is easily searchable via keywords, and as you can see below – contains images, videos and audio recordings. In essence, get anything you want from NASA’s past and present from a single location!

Click on any thumbnail, and you’ll get a detail page with a brief description of the image, the associated keywords, a download link, and social media sharing links. So the next time you want to declare that your work place feels like a black hole sucking your life away on Facebook? Well, the appropriate image from NASA can be just one click away.

A super massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way known as Sgr A*.

Curiously enough, NASA also provides EXIF data for each image, though you’re obviously not going to see things like focal length and aperture. Still, if you ever need any sort of imagery relating to NASA or space, it’s good to know that images are just a few clicks away.

Each image is followed with a pretty detailed description.

It won't tell you anything about how the image was shot, but you'll get the full properties of the image here.

Better yet, NASA media usage guidelines states that:

“NASA content - images, audio, video, and computer files used in the rendition of 3-dimensional models, such as texture maps and polygon data in any format - are generally are not copyrighted. You may use this material for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits, computer graphical simulations and Internet Web pages. This general permission extends to personal Web pages.

News outlets, schools, and text-book authors may use NASA content without needing explicit permission. NASA content used in a factual manner that does not imply endorsement may be used without needing explicit permission. NASA should be acknowledged as the source of the material. NASA occasionally uses copyrighted material by permission on its website. Those images will be marked copyright with the name of the copyright holder. NASA's use does not convey any rights to others to use the same material. Those wishing to use copyrighted material must contact the copyright holder directly.”

In essence, the images are free to use for non-commercial purposes as long as NASA is the source. Now that’s nice! Here are just two examples of the images you can find.

Image of Hubble against the Earth’s Horizon after its second servicing mission in 1997.

Where else can you easily find pictures of the Omega Nebula?

Source: NASA Image and Video Library, PetaPixel