NASA Space Science Images
Solar System Bodies
Planetary Photojournal (mirror
Easy access to thousands of images of planets, asteroids, and comets,
taken by NASA spacecraft. New images are added daily. Download images
in any format you need--from GIF to TIFF-depending on your own needs.
to the Planets (mirror
A collection of many of the best images from NASA's planetary exploration
program. The collection has been extracted from the interactive
program "Welcome to the Planets" which was distributed
on the Planetary Data System Educational CD-ROM Version 1.5 in December
1995. Includes narrated captions and mission information.
NASA's Planetary Data System (PDS) archives and distributes digital
data from past and present NASA planetary missions, astronomical
observations, and laboratory measurements. The PDS is sponsored
by NASA's Office of Space Science to ensure the long-term usability
of data, to stimulate research, to facilitate data access, and to
support correlative analysis.
NASA's Planetary Data System's Image Atlas is designed to be a single
interface through which you can search for, display, and download
images and other ancillary data for many planetary missions.
Views of the
Solar System (Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and
Calvin J. Hamilton's site presents a vivid multimedia adventure
unfolding the splendor of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids,
and more. Discover the latest scientific information, or study the
history of space exploration, rocketry, early astronauts, space
missions, spacecraft through a vast archive of photographs, scientific
facts, text, graphics and videos. Views of the Solar System offers
enhanced exploration and educational enjoyment of the solar system
Tour of the Solar System
These collections of 3-D images of the planets and their moons provide
a unique perspective, and allow us to sense the topography of planetary
surfaces in ways that are otherwise not possible. The CD-ROM and
slide set features representative 3-D images of the Sun, planets,
moons, and asteroids, and an overview of the entire solar system.
They also feature prominent examples of each major type of geologic
feature, including impact craters, tectonic features, volcanoes,
and river valleys. Images of the surfaces of the Moon and Mars,
and of atmospheric features, are also included. There are also a
Teacher's Guide and posters. Provided by the Lunar and Planetary
The Nine Planets is an overview of the history, mythology, and current
scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar
system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies,
most provide references to additional related information. Provided
by William Arnett.
Solar Observatory Images of the Sun
Collections of still images, movies, and explanations from the Yohkoh
satellite, a cooperative mission of Japan, the USA, and the UK.
Yohkoh was launched in 1991, and has observed the solar atmosphere
in soft X-ray radiation continuously since then.
and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)
SOHO is designed to study the internal structure of the Sun, its
extensive outer atmosphere and the origin of the solar wind, the
stream of highly ionized gas that blows continuously outward through
the Solar System. SOHO observes the Sun continuously from a permanent
vantage point 1.5 million kilometers sunward of the Earth.
List of Sun-Earth Connection Image Resources
The Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum is a partnership between
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and UC Berkeley's Space Sciences
Laboratory. Our mission is to increase science literacy and steward
Sun-Earth Connection science resources. Includes images, movies,
sounds, and information for educators.
Earth and Moon
NASA's Johnson Space Center's Digital Image Collection includes
over 250,000 images, primarily of the Earth from the Space Shuttle,
as well as the Moon by the Apollo missions. Many of these images
have been digitized from still images dating from the days when
digital imaging did not exist. Digital images are not available
for all images referenced by the graphical browser.
Press release images from NASA's Johnson Space Center's Digital
Images of Earth
Spaceborne radar allows us to observe Earth and other bodies in
the solar system day and night through cloud cover or smoke. Radar
can be used to determine roughness, slope, and electrical properties
such as water content. Using two radars together allows construction
of topographic images and surface maps.
Views of Earth
The NASA Space Shuttle Earth Observations Photography database of
over 375,000 images illustrates some very interesting Earth features
and processes, including cities as seen by U.S. astronauts. Selected
photos and related captions provide a glimpse of this national treasure
to the public.
Data from Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES)
provide unique information about existing and emerging storm systems
both day and night and are a critical part of National Weather Service
NASA's Earth Observatory provides new satellite imagery and scientific
information about our home planet. particularly the atmosphere,
oceans, land, energy, and life. The focus is on Earth's climate
and environmental change.
NASA's Visible Earth is a growing central index of Earth-science
related images being produced by several NASA projects.
Landsat 7 is a U.S. satellite used to acquire remotely sensed images
of the Earth's land surface and surrounding coastal regions. This
site features Landsat 7 data characteristics, science and education
applications, technical documentation, program policy, and history.
Image Resources for Informal Science Projects
If you design exhibits, planetarium shows, video, or interactive
multimedia, you need the highest quality media and expertise. Find
Space Telescope (images
in .tiff format)
Mostly optical images taken by the Hubble SpaceTelescope and prepared
for release to the general public. The image files are organized
by year (1990-2000) or by subject (nearby galaxies, nebulae,etc).
Most images are available in several formats: low-res JPG, med-res
JPG and PDF, and hi-res TIFF. The second link takes you straight
to the TIFF catalog, but the images here are indexed only by their
press release numbers, which you first have to look up elsewhere
on the site.
Contains links to several image galleries in the infrared, including
IRAS, ISO, and the spectacular 2MASS (2-Micron All-Sky Survey) catalog.
Most of the images are only on-line in low-res formats, but particularly
at 2MASS you can contact the curator at firstname.lastname@example.org to
inquire about the availability of hi-res TIFFs and JPGs.
Images taken by NASA's Chandra X-Ray satellite, one of the four
Great Space Observatories. Many of Chandra's images have become
classics of X-Ray astronomy, and most are available in both low-res
JPG and hi-res TIFF and PostScript formats.
This site from the High Energy Astrophysics Archive at Goddard Space
Flight Center contains Gamma-Ray and X-Ray images and data. Note
that gamma ray images are typically low-resolution.
Picture of the Day
This link takes you to the current Astronomy Picture of the Day,
archived at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center. To access the entire
archive, click on "Archive" at the bottom of the screen.
Images range across the electromagnetic spectrum, and are available
in med-res JPG format. The FAQ section says, "It is possible
that higher resolution versions exist. To find these you should
follow the informative links in the APOD text." Happy hunting!
Digitized Sky Survey
Can't figure out the scale or field of view of an optical astronomical
image? At this site you can enter the name or coordinates of an
object and get back a black and white gif or fits image, all at
the same field of view.
The NASA Photo Gallery attempts to bring as many of NASA's still
images as we can find to one location. This is not a unified searchable
data base, though some of these collections have search capability.
Some of these image archives are geared toward researchers rather
than the general public and may require fast Internet connections
and extensive memory. These links are included with more generally
accessible archives to more accurately present the broad range of
NASA's research programs. Some of these collections also may partially
NASA Image Exchange
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.
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. Currently,
not all NASA photos are online, not all of them are high-resolution,
and not all NASA photo databases are linked to NIX. Currently, NIX
searches databases of over 442,000 NASA images and links to another
250,000 images via the Additional NASA Imagery button.
NASA's History Office's Great Images in NASA (GRIN) system provides
a database of photos documenting NASA. Photos include: aircraft
structures, aircraft design, aircraft models, wind tunnel tests,
materials research, space programs projects, and historic events.
NASAView is a Planetary Data System archive product display tool
that runs on Sun/Solaris, Windows/NT/95, and PowerMac platforms
with a common look-and-feel Graphical User Interface (GUI).
NIH Image is a public domain image processing and analysis program
for the Macintosh. It was developed at the Research Services Branch
(RSB) of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of
the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A free PC version of Image,
called Scion Image for Windows, is available from Scion Corporation.
There is also Image/J, a Java program inspired by Image that "runs
anywhere". NIH Image manipulates, displays and analyses images.