NASA Photos Now On Flickr

NASA Photos Now On Flickr

By jeffa

8/31/2010

John Glenn entering the Friendship 7 capsule in which he became the first American to orbit the earth. Image courtesy NASA.
John Glenn entering Friendship 7

If you like to see photos of astronauts and space missions, check out the new offering from NASA and Flickr! It's called the NASA Commons.

NASA photos have been onlilne for some time, but the Flickr site allows people to add comments and tags. Hopefully this will allow additional information to be added to the historical archives. For instance someone who was present at a launch might add a comment that tells what they thought and felt at that moment. Future historians can learn a bunch from those kinds of comments!

Debbie Rivera is the lead for the NASA Images project. She works at the NASA's headquarters in Washington. She said, "NASA's long-standing partnership with Internet Archive and this new one with Yahoo!'s Flickr provides an opportunity for the public to participate in the process of discovery."

"In addition, the public can help the agency capture historical knowledge about missions and programs through this new resource and make it available for future generations," she added.

According to the NASA press release, The Commons was launched with the Library of Congress to increase access to publicly-held photography collections and provide a way for the public to contribute information and knowledge.

"NASA on The Commons is bringing literally out-of-these-world images to Flickr," said Douglas Alexander, general manager of Flickr. "We are thrilled to be working with NASA to offer such a rich archive and provide amazing insight into this country's space program and its early beginnings."

For even more space goodness, don't forget to visit NASAimages.org for hundreds of thousands of images and thousands of hours of video, HD video and audio content available free to the public for download.