NASA and Military Image, Video, and Audio Resources

If you are looking for collections of imagery, video, and audio resources for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and for U.S. military units, here is a list of places to look.

NASA Image Collections

Defense Video Imagery and Distribution System (DVIDS)

The Defense Video Imagery and Distribution System (DVIDS) is a state-of-the-art, 24/7 operation that provides a timely, accurate and reliable connection between the media around the world and the military serving worldwide. The DVIDS mission is to serve as a turnkey operation that facilitates requests for Public Affairs video, audio, still imagery and print products; coordinates interviews with soldiers and commanders in a combat zone and provides an archive for ongoing operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.

This site contains imagery, video, podcasts, webcasts, and interviews for current and archival material for all military branches and units as well as all civilian units. A few pages you may find useful are

WDC Chapter’s Technical Communication Competitions are Now Open!

The WDC Chapter’s 2008-2009 Technical Communication Competitions are now open! See https://competition.stcwdc.org/ for details and entry forms. Put your best work on the map!

Landsat image of Washington, DC. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Washington, DC Landsat image. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Entry deadline: 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday,
20 October 2008

Please consider participating this year in one or all three competitions: online communication, technical art, and technical publications. By participating in the competitions, you can

  • Enter your best work to receive valuable feedback and potential awards
  • Volunteer to judge and evaluate entries with your peers

Judge Applications are now being accepted.

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Download the Competitions Call for Entries trifold (.pdf) and the
Competitions Announcement flyer (.pdf) to post at work or hand out to friends and co-workers.

New Centralized NASA Imagery Archives

Looking for some National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) images for your documents? It’s easier now with a centralized archive.

Photo of Apollo 14 liftoff
Apollo 14 Liftoff, Saturn V rocket
Photo credit: NASA

24 July 2008—NASA and Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library based in San Francisco, made available the most comprehensive compilation ever of NASA’s vast collection of photographs, historic film and video Thursday. Located at https://images.nasa.gov the Internet site combines for the first time 21 major NASA imagery collections into a single, searchable online resource. A link to the Web site will appear on the https://www.nasa.gov/ home page.

The Web site launch is the first step in a five-year partnership that will add millions of images and thousands of hours of video and audio content, with enhanced search and viewing capabilities, and new user features on a continuing basis. Over time, integration of www.nasaimages.org with www.nasa.gov will become more seamless and comprehensive. [Editor's note: the new NASA link is https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/index.html]

‘This partnership with Internet Archive enables NASA to provide the American public with access to its vast collection of imagery from one searchable source, unlocking a new treasure trove of discoveries for students, historians, enthusiasts and researchers,’ said NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale. ‘This new resource also will enable the agency to digitize and preserve historical content now not available on the Internet for future generations.’

Through a competitive process, NASA selected Internet Archive to manage the NASA Images Web site under a non-exclusive Space Act agreement, signed in July 2007. The five-year project is at no cost to the taxpayer and the images are free to the public but you should provide credit to NASA for any image used.

‘NASA’s media is an incredibly important and valuable national asset. It is a tremendous honor for the Internet Archive to be NASA’s partner in this project,’ says Brewster Kahle, founder of Internet Archive. ‘We are excited to mark this first step in a long-term collaboration to create a rich and growing public resource.’

The content of the Web site covers all the diverse activities of America’s space program, including imagery from the Apollo moon missions, Hubble Space Telescope views of the universe and experimental aircraft past and present. Keyword searching is available with easy-to-use resources for teachers and students.

Internet Archive is developing the NASA Images project using software donated by Luna Imaging Inc. of Los Angeles and with the generous support of the Kahle-Austin Foundation of San Francisco.

—NASA