NASA’s New Photo Archive Is a Black Hole of Lost Productivity

For the first time in history, all their images in one place

By Evan Bleier

 
NASA’s New Photo Archive Is a Black Hole of Lost Productivity
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28 April 2017

The universe, until proven otherwise, is infinite.

The number of photos NASA has of said universe isn’t quite at that amount, but it’s damn close.

Unfortunately, those photographic wonders of the galaxy, while technically accessible, were spread across dozens of different NASA website, making it difficult to know where to go to find something specific like new images of Titan or John Young saluting the flag from the moon.

“It was, to be honest, pretty frustrating because you had to have a lot of knowledge about NASA itself to know where a particular image might be," NASA imagery program manage Rodney Grubbs told Ars Technica.

This month, NASA solved the problem by uploading all its photos to one searchable website that allows users to narrow their search by year as well as look for videos and audio recordings.

If you don’t have 20 minutes to search the archive, here’s a small sample of what it contains:

NASA archive (8 images)

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