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NASA just launched a massive search engine called the NASA Image and Video Library that allows us Earth dwellers to find, study, and download high resolution pictures, videos, and audio from their many missions and archives. Since their missions include aeronautics, astrophysics, Earth science, and human spaceflight among others, we can expect a lot of material.
According to NASA's press release, although you can see all of this for yourself, each image comes with multiple sizes, captions, and tons of little pieces of information about each still. They also mention that they'll be adding new material over time as we keep finding new things in space, so this could end up being a valuable resource.
The site allows you to search by upload date or popularity and filter by images, video, or audio. Once searching a keyword, you can filter by date, and the further back you go, the less planets you see and the more old scientists. Both are an equally important part of history, but only one of those is more pleasing to the eye.
It's an impressive feat and exciting news for space nerds and just about anyone who is interested in astrophysics or simply mind-blowing photographs. Although it will not be comprehensive of all the data NASA has available, the site will be continuously updated with content for public consumption. We can only guess they're hiding pictures of aliens, since they have no problem giving us astronaut selfies.
You can check out NASA's new space search engine here.
Featured photo Crab Nebula