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The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
This website features the most complete set of astronaut photography of Earth from the beginning of human spaceflight in the 1960s to the digital photographs being downlinked daily from the International Space Station. The underlying database includes over 430,000 records in 2002, with new data added daily. The pages are maintained by the data source at NASA's Johnson Space Center and include search tools and digital images for viewing on the Web. Search tools include a clickable map, searches by image number, and complete techncial searches of all database fields. Special collections include cities, best photographs from each mission, and captioned sets aimed at students and teachers. Metadata describes the location, date, time and other informaton about each photograph. Articles and other features explain astronaut photography of Earth and its use in a variety of applications.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Photograph
  • Portal:
    • Government
  • Dataset:
    • Remotely sensed
  • Agricultural science
  • Atmospheric science
  • Ecology
  • Forestry
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Human geography
    • Physical geography
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
As a government entity, NASA does not "license" the use of NASA materials or sign license agreements. The Agency generally has no objection to the reproduction and use of these materials (audio transmissions and recordings; video transmissions and recording; or still and motion picture photography), subject to the following conditions: NASA material may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by NASA or by any NASA employee of a commercial product, service, or activity, or used in any manner that might mislead. NASA should be acknowledged as the source of the material. For astronaut photography of Earth accessed through this website, please state "Image courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center."
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-003-695
Related resources:
This resource is the basis for 'Earth from Space'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Earth Sciences & Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center