Find your favorite NASA image of the day with its new search feature

By Jeff Ayers — / Death Wish Coffee Blog

The NASA image and video library
has been updated

In 2017, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration revamped their impressive image library into a much more user-friendly site. The updated NASA Image and Video library can be found here and compiles all the databases across all 10 of NASA's field centers, sprawling all the way back to 1958.

The site now allows you to search by keywords, newest uploads, and most popular searches. Then you can filter by date and type of media, including audio, video, and photo. It is incredibly expansive and immersive and can be quite the rabbit hole to fall into on the internet.

I had some fun looking through the massive database and wanted to share a few of the more interesting things I uncovered. I also brought this to a recent Fueled By Death Show, which you can see here. But I encourage you to go to the site and start typing in random searches to see what you come up with. Here are some of the things I searched for:


(Of course, I had to start with this one)

ISS043E128431 (04/22/2015) —The International Space Station employs one of the most complex water recycling systems ever designed, reclaiming wastewater from astronauts and the environment and turning it into potable water. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted out this image of part of the innovative device with this remark: "Recycle Good to the last drop! Making pee potable and turning it into coffee on @space station. #NoPlaceLikeHome"


(There are no flying saucers listed, but there are some cool images)

The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a UFO — well, the UFO Galaxy, to be precise. NGC 2683 is a spiral galaxy seen almost edge-on, giving it the shape of a classic science fiction spaceship. This is why the astronomers at the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory gave it this attention-grabbing nickname. NGC 2683, discovered on 5 February 1788 by the famous astronomer William Herschel, lies in the Northern constellation of Lynx.


(While there are a ton of iconic images from the original moon landing, there are some that are not as iconic, but just as fun to look at)

S72-55166 (12 Dec. 1972) — Scientist-astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt loses his balance and heads for a fall during the second Apollo 17 extravehicular activity (EVA) at the Taurus-Littrow landing site, as seen in this black and white reproduction taken from a color television transmission made by the color RCA TV camera mounted on the Lunar Roving Vehicle. Schmitt is lunar module pilot of the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission. Astronaut Ronald E. Evans, command module pilot, remained with Apollo 17 Command and Service Modules in lunar orbit while astronauts Schmitt and Eugene A. Cernan, commander, descended in the Lunar Module "Challenger" to explore the moon.


(Early photos of the development of SpaceX are fascinating considering the leaps and bounds they have made in the last few years)

2016 - The inter-stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket inside the company's manufacturing facility. SpaceX is developing its Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket in partnership with NASA's Commercial Crew Program to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.


(This list has a ton of funny picture to go through. Astronauts and scientists are very funny people!)

SL3-113-1586 (July-September 1973) — This photograph is an illustration of the humorous side of the Skylab 3 crew. This dummy was left behind in the Skylab space station by the Skylab 3 crew to be found by the Skylab 4 crew. The dummy is dressed in a flight suit and placed in the Lower Body Negative Pressure Device. The name tag indicates that it represents Gerald P. Carr, Skylab 4 commander, in the background is a partial view of the dummy for William R. Pogue, Skylab 4 pilot, propped upon the bicycle ergometer. The dummy representing Edward G. Gibson, Skylab science pilot, was left in the waste compartment. Astronauts Alan L. Bean, Owen K. Garriott and Jack R. Lousma were the Skylab 3 crewmen. Photo credit: NASA


(This planet has been in the news lately because of all the recent data coming back from the JUNO Spacecraft)

See intricate cloud patterns in the northern hemisphere of Jupiter in this new view taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft. The color-enhanced image was taken on April 1, 2018 at 2:32 a.m. PST (5:32 a.m. EST), as Juno performed its twelfth close flyby of Jupiter. At the time the image was taken, the spacecraft was about 7,659 miles (12,326 kilometers) from the tops of the clouds of the planet at a northern latitude of 50.2 degrees. Citizen scientist Kevin M. Gill processed this image using data from the JunoCam imager.

What will you search for? Have fun with this database and look at space exploration and the universe in a whole new way.

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