Space enthusiasts should rejoice. On March 28th, NASA released a new online library or a massive database which offers access to a great variety of space data. This includes photos, audio, and video files. The best part of it all is that this website works as a searchable library.
The Massive Database Will Come With Various Perks
NASA’s new online library is officially called the NASA Image and Video Library and can be accessed here. This massive database will offer access to data gathered from more than one source. More exactly, information collected from 60 different locations will be reunited in a single place.
The service will come with its set of perks. It already includes 140,000 NASA images, audio, and video files. These were all collected by the aerospace agency across its various missions. The data will offer information in the fields of human spaceflight, Earth science, aeronautics, and astrophysics.
The massive database will contain anything from the most recent photos and data to historic documents. NASA officials stated that”
“Users can browse the agency’s most recently uploaded files, as well as discover historic and the most searched images, audio files, and videos.”
Besides offering access to this information, users will also be able to actively use it. To be more exact, they will be able to embed NASA’s imagery in websites. This process will also include image metadata, for example, keywords, and description. It will also offer multiple resolution sizes.
According to the official NASA statement, the massive database services will also include the following. The website will adapt depending on the interface. As such, it will scale automatically to scale itself for tablet or mobile phone access.
It will offer EXIF/camera data. This will include the lens, exposure, or other such information on the image file. However, this will only be available if the original image in itself offers it. The feature may not be available for historic photos, for example.
Video files will offer downloadable caption files. In general, this new massive database should offer the public an easy access to high-resolution media files.
NASA’s Massive Database Will Not Offer All The Data
In its statement, the aerospace agency pointed out the following. This new online library will not offer access to all its space agency’s imagery. Reportedly, it isn’t even meant to be. NASA states that this will not be a “comprehensive” library. Instead, it will come to offer “the best” data made publicly available by the space agency.
Also, NASA officials pointed out that this will be a “live library”. As such, new data will be added to it. This will include both recently taken photos or audio, video files and also archival information. These will continue being added. As such, the massive database is set to continue growing.
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