Monday, August 30, 2010

Historic NASA photos now on Flickr

Friendship 7If you want to look at NASA photos from more than half a century, then head over to Flickr. The space agency and picture site just teamed up.

"NASA's long-standing partnership with Internet Archive and this new one with Yahoo!'s Flickr provides an opportunity for the public to participate in the process of discovery," said Debbie Rivera, lead for the NASA Images project at the agency's headquarters in Washington. "In addition, the public can help the agency capture historical knowledge about missions and programs through this new resource and make it available for future generations."

That's right, the public can add tags or keywords to the images to identify objects and people. The hope is the public's assistance will make the images easier to find online and add insight about NASA's history.

The sets of photos are broken down into themes:
- 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.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasacommons

While the NASA and Flickr partnership is new, the space agency already has a site called NASAimages.org which provides hundreds of thousands of images and thousands of hours of video, HD video and audio content available free to the public for download.

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