FINDING IMAGES

Finding Astronaut Photographs

Students conducting research as part of Expedition Earth and Beyond are encouraged to use astronaut photographs as one of the main sources of data for your research. It is important to make sure you can find astronaut photographs of the area or feature you are interested in studying.

To search for images do the following:
  • Check out the Quick List of Images link. Images on this page are organized by Earth system (atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and litho/geosphere).
  • Visit the Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth website at http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov. This website has access to hundreds of thousands of astronaut photos. There are many ways to search for photos on this site. The information below will help you find images related to your research topic or feature.

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The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth homepage. Search for photos under the "Find Photos" or "Collections" tab.


There are many ways to search for images from this site. Here are a few helpful hints:

1. Looking for Images Near a Specific Location

  • Look under the "Find Photos" tab
  • Under "Search" you will notice additional choices to the right. There are a few map choices that you will see: Clickable Map, Google Maps, Google Earth.
  • With each of these map options you can zoom into an area you might be focusing on for your research. When you zoom in to a certain level, you will eventually be able to view a list of images of your area of interest.

Clickable Maps
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Google Maps
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Google Earth
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2. Looking for a Collection of Images By Topic

  • Look under the "Collections" tab
  • Select the "Earth from Space" choice
  • You can search for "Cities", "Earth Landscapes" (for example: deltas, channels, dunes, etc), or "Earth-Human Interactions" (for example: mining, agriculture, deforestation, etc.). Each image on these pages include informational text on each image.

3. Looking for Images by Name or Feature Type

  • Look under the "Find Photos" tab
  • Under "Search" you will notice additional choices to the right. Select "Technical"
  • There is a lot of information on this page, but look for the area under Latitude/Longitude that states "Features Contain" and has a text box below it. Type in your key word(s) of what you want to search for. For example, if you are looking for volcanoes -- you can type in the word "volcano" or "volcanoes".
  • At the bottom of the page select the "Submit" button. Once you hit submit you will get a list of however many images fit the search you were looking for. (NOTE: If you want to find a specific volcano, put in the name of the volcano and do a search. You can choose "Exact phrase" to make sure you get images of only that specific volcano. If you do not choose exact phrase, you will get options that may include other volcanoes that share a same part of the name.)
  • When your search results come up, you will see information at the top of the page along with a list of images. Below is a sample of the search results when searching for "Mt. Fuji":

Database Search Results
Number of records found: 132
Show thumbnails if they are available. (thumbnail image not color adjusted)
Quick View
MISSION
ROLL
FRAME
GEON
FEAT
LAT
LON
TILT
CLDP
YYYYMMDD
FCLT
IMAGE
external image QuickView.jpg
ISS020
E
8628
JAPAN
MT. FUJI, SNOW, CLOUDS
35.4
138.8
36
100
20090611
800
2
external image QuickView.jpg
ISS020
E
8629
JAPAN
MT. FUJI, SNOW, CLOUDS
35.4
138.8
37
100
20090611
800
2

If you select the "Show thumbnails" box, you will see small pictures of the images so you have a sense of what the image will show you.
Database Search Results
Number of records found: 132
X Show thumbnails if they are available. (thumbnail image not color adjusted)
Quick View
MISSION
ROLL
FRAME
GEON
FEAT
LAT
LON
TILT
CLDP
YYYYMMDD
FCLT
IMAGE
external image ISS020-E-8628.jpg
ISS020
E
8628
JAPAN
MT. FUJI, SNOW, CLOUDS
35.4
138.8
36
100
20090611
800
2
external image ISS020-E-8629.jpg
ISS020
E
8629
JAPAN
MT. FUJI, SNOW, CLOUDS
35.4
138.8
37
100
20090611
800
2
If you click on the image thumbnail or the Frame number, you will see a larger view of the image and all the details about that image.

It is VERY useful to "show thumbnails" so you can get a quick view of images you may want to use for your research.

4. Looking for Images by Image Identification #

  • Look under the "Find Photos" tab
  • Under "Search" you will notice additional choices to the right. Select "Mission-Roll-Frame"
  • In the box on the right you can type in the image id #. Be careful to type in the number correctly. For example:
Image ID #: ISS013-E-24184 (if you do not include the -E- dashes, the system will not recognize the request.)
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and select "Run Query"

Note: Image ID#'s include:
  • The mission number: ISS013 or ISS009 or STS132 (ISS = image taken from the International Space Station; STS = image taken from the Shuttle (STS = Shuttle Transportation System)
  • If the image includes an E that means it is an electronic or digital image (some images were take with film in the earlier days)
  • The last set of digits is the frame #.