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November 13, 2008

NASA Exploring the Universe

When looking for images of the celestial bodies, it might be a no-brainer that NASA would be one of your go-to websites. However, you might be surprised just how much the website has to offer. Since NASA is such an enormous organization, it might be daunting at first to think about finding what best suits your image and informational needs. Two great places to start are NASA images and the Exploring the Universe section .

NASA Images is actually a service of the Internet Archive, and the site offers several great features. The home page allows you to search for images, choose images relating to five main categories or use an interactive timeline to narrow your browsing. Once in the image sections, you can narrow or broaden your search using the keywords menu boxes to the left of the screen. If you register with the site, you then are allowed a workspace and media groups. Use the media groups to save images and videos of interest and the workspace to create presentations. These presentations can be embedded in or linked to from your website, or you can download them into Power Point or Key Note. The presentations are limited only to titles on the top of the screen and images, but once exported to either Power Point or Key Note, the images will be on separate slides making the editing process fairly easy.

The NASA Exploring the Universe page is an excellent place to check up on recent discoveries, missions, and new images. Exploring the Universe has links to images in its collection, audio and video podcasts, NASA TV, and interactive features. While the access to images isn't a deep as compared to NASA Images Online, you might find Exploring the Universe to be a little more useful when doing a general search on a broad topic.

top image: Spiral Galaxy Messier 81, bottom image: Astronaut John Glenn Undergoes Simulated Orbital Flight Training (11/29/1969), both images © NASA please click on the images to be taken to the original NASA posting

Posted by hthrlowe at November 13, 2008 01:15 PM


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