Viewing the Greatest Images in the Universe
NASA launched images.nasa.gov, a database of 140,000 high-quality images, videos, audio files collected since the agency’s inception. NASA aggregated the files from 60 different collections, and the catalogue includes images of not only planets, stars, and galaxies, but also NASA satellites, rockets, and equipment. This data was already publicly available, but it was spread across multiple sources and platforms with limited utility, which made it difficult for members of the public to access and download. Now, the public can easily find, view, and download content and metadata for presentations or use on a mobile device. NASA also developed an application programming interface (API) for the database to automatically upload new files while giving public users the ability to embed content.