Space photos, sound clips, online
videos available for downloading, animations, online
interactive and virtual reality programs, CDROMs, DVDs,
and videotapes are all available from numerous sources
on the web.
You can use these resources
here to obtain your favorite space photo for your home
page or to build your own multimedia presentation.
has centralize to some degree the access to its multimedia
resources. Literally hundreds of thousands of photos
of manned space missions reside in the NASA digital
archives and several thousand more are added by every
shuttle and exploratory mission.
that individual NASA mission web sites usually offer galleries
of images, animations, etc. There is no guarantee that
the general NASA search tools will know about all these
images. Many of the ongoing missions, such as the Mars
Surveyor, add new images regularly.
are also several huge archives of planetary and astronomical
imagery and also remote
sensing images of earth.
help tell the photos' story by adding
tags, or keywords, to the images to identify objects
and people. In addition, viewers can communicate
with other visitors by sharing comments. These contributions
will help make the images easier to find online
and add insight about NASA's history.
Image search tool at NASA that accesses over 300,000 NASA
"The NASA Image eXchange (NIX) is a web-based
search engine for simultaneously searching one or more
of NASA's online image and photo collections. Searching
is performed using keywords (boolean operators can be
employed to refine the search). NIX returns thumbnail
sized images, textual descriptions, image numbers, links
to higher resolution images, links to more information,
and links to the NASA Center that stores each image."
"..include all cataloged Shuttle mission Earth-looking
imagery from the first shuttle mission, STS-1, through
the most recently cataloged shuttle mission, STS-76.
More missions will be made available as they are cataloged.
This collection currently also includes press release
images from the manned space program, from Mercury to
the present. All press release images (c. 10,000 image
files) are currently available." - JSC
Marshall image eXchange Marshall Spaceflight Center set of galleries
for space history, the Shuttle, space transporation development
projects, the ISS, and others.
"...considered the definitive reference manual
to the global photographic coverage of the Moon. The
images contained within the atlas are excellent for
studying lunar morphology because they were obtained
at low to moderate Sun angles. This digital archive
consists of the complete set of 675 plates contained
in Bowker and Hughes. Images in the archive have been
enhanced to display the best photo quality possible.
For accuracy and usability surface feature information
has been improved and updated, and multiple search
capabilities added to the database."
".. contains digitized photos of many of the unique
research aircraft flown at what is now known as NASA
Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, California.
These images date from the 1940s to the present."
- Dryden Photo website.
Includes many space and rocketry related projects such
as the X-15
homepages for the individual missions keep galleries
of their own in addition to the central NASA galleries.
Below are links to many of the NASA space science mission
galleries plus other sites that show NASA and other
world space agency images.
- An enormous, well organized and accessible
collection of photos, videos, sound clips
and even online movies (Real Player accessible)
from not only the Lunar Prospector mission
but also the Apollo project and other moon
Global Surveyor and other orbiters have been
imaging Mars now for several years. Many areas have
been imaged more than once and in different seasons
of the Martian year.
A number of controversies have arisen
from analyses of the MGS images. Though the Mars rovers
have proven that there was surface water present at
some point in the past, tremendous arguments will go
on for many decades as to how exactly the many marvelous
features of Mars were formed..
You certainly don't have to accept the
extreme interpretations to find the images fascinating
and to get an appreciation for just how dynamic and
diverse Mars really is. Below are some galleries &
articles about these odd images.
Using data from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA)
experiment on the Mars
Global Surveyor, the Mars 3D program from Adrian
Lark creates high resolution global maps of the Mars
surface. False color coding reveals details not easily
seen in usual maps. The globe can be rotated via mouse
The program is free and available for download to Windows
machines. It "...renders the whole surface of Mars
using data collected by NASA's MGS satellite. The data
consists of 1.28 Million height points giving a maximum
horizontal spatial resolution of 13Km. The vertical
accuracy is to within 5m."
Other views allow one to use simlar datasets for the
These facilities maintain photographic and digital
data as well as mission documentation and cartographic
data. Each facility's general holding contains images
and maps of planets and their satellites taken by
solar system exploration spacecraft.
These planetary image facilities are open to the
public. The facilities are primarily reference centers
for browsing, studying, and selecting lunar and planetary
photographic and cartographic materials. Experienced
staff can assist scientists, educators, students,
media, and the public in ordering materials for their
own use. For appointment information and operation
hours, contact your nearest facility.
- Virtual Space Tour
An "animated encyclopedia" of the solar system,
this tour of the solar system uses Macromedia Flash to
present animations, diagrams and photos. A text version
A very large and well organized collection of space imagery
from both manned spaceflights and unmanned probes as well
astronomical telescope imagery of deep space.
of the Solar System
Calvin Hamilton's spectacularly extensive site providing
a gigantic and well organized of imagery concerning all
aspects of solar system exploration.
The VSM provides photos and VR models of various Russian
and Soviet spacecraft.
to the Universe
Huge and elaborate site at the University of Michigan.
Among many other offerings, it provides extensive image
and multimedia resources on the sun, planets, and deep
Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery
Dennis Wingo and Keith Cowing carried out this successful
effort to resurrect lunar orbiter data from the 1960s
and use it to produce improved images.
- Multimedia Program Library 3D (MPL3D) Solar System
MPL3D Solar System is a 3D interactive
simulation of the close universe in real time. Explore
more than 10,000 mapped objects, including Solar
System, +120 known extrasolar worlds, +250 multiple
star systems, nebulae, star clusters, galaxies and
Tech - terrific high-resolution 360 degree (vert.
& horz.) panoramas by John O’Connor
Virtual Space Trip! - "take a virtual space-trip
to the depths of the Universe! All of SpaceWander's
space pictures are real NASA images! Our award-winning
multimedia space tour takes about 12 minutes. You
can sit back and enjoy it or you can press buttons
on the spaceship to see additional in-context information."
World Atlas 2000 - Phil Stookes - Univ. of Western
Ontario - project to use "images of the various
small bodies of the solar system (asteroids and small
to mid-size planetary satellites) and to make maps
from them. "
ApolloSpace sells photos made from NASA negatives. Selections
from the whole space of NASA activities from Mercury through
Imaging Camera - Japan Japan's ISAS
has launched the Nozomi
probe (also called Planet-B)
to orbit Mars. However, it needed to use the Moon for
a boost to reach Mars. It used this opportunity to take
images of earth and the Moon with its Mars Imaging camera
This site is devoted to space generated sounds and has
become quite popular. It includes naturally generated
sounds as well as speeches and other space related recordings.
Check out the navigator,
which makes it easy and fun to find clips of various
a collection of NASA sounds from historic
spaceflights and current missions. You can hear
the roar of a space shuttle launch or Neil Armstrong's
"One small step for (a) man, one giant leap
for mankind" every time you get a phone call.
Or, you can hear the memorable words "Houston,
we've had a problem," every time you make an
error on your computer. We have included both
MP3 and M4R (iPhone) sound files to download.
Liftoff, the Sounds of America's Space Shuttle
Program - This CD provided the sounds of the Shuttle
program including liftoff countdowns.
While the hard vacuum of Space does not transmit audible
sound, there are still ways that Space makes itself
Occasionally, for example, measurements made by instruments
aboard scientific space probes have been converted to
audio. These could be as simple as the click-click of
particle radiation hits in a Geiger counter or the electromagnetic
pickup from an ionized gas, i.e. plasma, experiment.
Radio telescopes also detect unusual noises caused
by such phenomena as pulsars and various plasma processes.
The Aurora, a result of the interaction of the solar
wind with the earths magnetosphere, produces unusual
sounds accessible by even simple low frequency radio
Also, when meteors plow throught the atmosphere the
intense heat can produce ion trails that reflect radio
wave echoes that are heard by VHF receivers on earth.
The Mars atmosphere is dense enough to transmit sound
and a microphone is aboard Mars Polar Lander.
Michael Light, Andrew Chaikin - 1999
Michael Light examined thousands of pictures of the Moon
taken by the Apollo astronauts. Many of the images had never been widely
distributed. He selected those images that truely show the "magnificent
desolation" of the lunar landscape.