Monday, September 20, 2010

NASA space photos now available at Yahoo's Flickr

Three compilations of images from more than half a century of NASA history are now made available for everyone’s access and comments on a section of the photo-sharing site Flickr known as The Commons. The partnership has made research and studying space exploration even more accessible for both students and teachers alike.


The then arduous task of finding extensive space images from different sites has now been gathered into one online source and portal where visitors to NASA on The Commons can contribute in identifying objects and people from any of the photos by adding tags or keywords to the images. Viewers can also communicate with other visitors by sharing their comments, making it easier to find these photos online as they add insight about NASA’s continuing history.

The capability of interaction and access to these photos is the result of the partnership between NASA, Flickr from Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, Calif., and Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library based in San Francisco.

The photos are categorized into three sets that take viewers and visitors through the journey of NASA space exploration. Since each photo becomes the subject of discussion from millions of online visitors worldwide, browsing through the photos provides educational discovery and interactive learning.

The sets of photos share a common theme of NASA beginnings. The "Launch and Takeoff" set captures iconic spacecraft and aircraft taking flight. "Building NASA" spotlights ground-breaking events and the construction of some of NASA's one-of-a-kind facilities. The "Center Namesakes" set features photos of the founders and figureheads of NASA's 10 field centers.

To view NASA on The Commons images, visit:

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