NASA To Digitize Space Images

    August 24, 2007

NASA and the Internet Archive are partnering to scan, archive and mange the agency’s large collection of photographs, film and video. The imagery will be available online and free to the public.

NASA To Digitize Space Images
NASA To Digitize Space Images

Right now, NASA has over 20 major imagery collections online. With this partnership, those collections will be available in one searchable archive of NASA imagery.

"Making NASA’s important scientific and space exploration imagery available and easily accessible online to all is a service of tremendous value to America, and we’re pleased to partner with the experts at Internet Archive to accomplish this effort," said Robert Hopkins, chief of strategic communications at NASA Headquarters, Washington.

Under the terms of the non-exclusive five year agreement, Internet Archive will digitize, host and mange still, film and computer-generated imagery from NASA. Internet Archive will consolidate NASA’s major imagery collection in the first year. In the second year, digital imagery will be added to the archive and the third year analog imagery will be added to the online collection.

"We’re dedicated to making all human knowledge available in the digital realm," said Brewster Kahle, digital librarian and founder of Internet Archive. "The educational value of the images NASA has collected during the course of its five decades of scientific discovery is unprecedented."

"Digitizing NASA’s imagery is a big step in Internet Archive’s ongoing efforts to digitize a vast spectrum of content and make it freely accessible to the public in an easily searched online destination."