Stargazers got some good news this week when NASA announced the launch of a new public service that lets users search for and download more than 140,000 space related videos, audio and images.
The new video and image library actually doesn’t introduce much new material, but it does make it much easier to find, consolidating files that were spread out across 60 different collections into one searchable database. The site even allows for embedding and for downloading in several different resolutions. When available, the EXIF/camera data (like exposure, lens used, and other information) for photos is included.
NASA’s new service (which you can access here) will automatically detect what kind of device a user has (mobile phone, tablet, or TV) and scale the interface appropriately.
The library, of course, doesn’t contain all of NASA’s publicly available files, but “provides the best of what NASA makes publicly available from a single point of presence on the web.” NASA promises that there will be both archived images, video and audio files, plus new ones that will be continually added to over time.
At the same time at this announcement, NASA released a new video app for Amazon Fire TV. Previously, the organization already had an app for iOS, Android and Apple TV devices.
“With the NASA app, the public can browse NASA’s amazing discoveries directly from their personal devices,” said NASA’s deputy associate administrator for communications Bob Jacobs. “Today, users with Amazon Fire TV and other services can explore NASA’s wealth of images, videos and more on their home televisions.”
NASA’s Fire TV app offers a live stream of NASA Television, with a real time view of Earth from the International Space Station, plus over 16,000 archived space related images, and over 14,000 on-demand videos from NASA about an assortment of space related topics.