NASA Science Data and Images

Following are sources for NASA Earth and space science data & imagery, which are presented in three categories:

  • Introductory: These NASA science images, animations, and visualizations don't need special software or tools to access and use. These resources can be used to illustrate a concept, to engage students, to develop an educational exhibit, program or product, learn about the latest science discoveries and more.
  • Intermediate: Access science data and tools designed for use in the classroom, informal education settings, and by citizen scientists.
  • Advanced: Access full scientific datasets and/or analysis tools for conducting research and analysis.

Introductory

NASA science images, animations, and visualizations that don't need special software or tools to access and use. These resources can be used to illustrate a concept, to engage students, to develop an educational exhibit, program or product, learn about the latest science discoveries and more.

Legend:     Earth Sciences Earth     Moon Moon     Heliophysics Sun     Planetary Science Planets     Astrophysics Universe

Astronaut Views of the Home Planet Earth Sciences
http://earth.jsc.nasa.gov/sseop/efs/
This online database includes selected astronaut-acquired imagery of Earth and is searchable by clickable map, as well as by city, Earth landscapes, hurricanes and weather, geographic regions, Earth's water habitats, distinctive features and more.

AstroPix Astrophysics
http://astropix.ipac.caltech.edu/

AstroPix offers access to the collected image libraries of a variety of the leading astronomical observatories, including a range of astronomical observations, illustrations, charts, and photographs spanning the field of Astronomy. The site automatically pulls in the latest imagery as soon as it becomes available. Initial partners include Spitzer, Chandra, Hubble, Galex, WISE, and ESO, with more coming soon.
Earth Observatory Earth Science
http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov
Shares the images, stories and discoveries that emerge from NASA Earth science research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research and climate models. View global maps of NASA data, check out the Image of the Day and images of current events, and read feature articles and blogs. Also includes special collections of NASA images, including the World of Change series and latest images of natural disasters (e.g., severe storms, volcanoes and earthquakes, fires, etc.). Images can be downloaded in multiple formats and resolutions.
Educators Guide to NASA Earth Science Images and Data Earth Science
http://nasaesw.strategies.org/images-data-educators-guide-to-nasa-earth-science-images-and-data/
This 16-page booklet illustrates multiple NASA sources that allow educators to incorporate real Earth science data and images in their teaching. Sample resources as well as firsthand accounts of how these are being used in the classroom or informal education setting are included. Includes sections on introductory, intermediate, and advanced sources of data and images.
Hubble Site Astrophysics
http://hubblesite.org/gallery/
View images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope via a slideshow or searchable topics (e.g. Solar System, Stars, Nebulae, Galaxies, the Universe, and Exotic).  Learn how to print out your own museum-quality Hubble pictures, explore pictures of the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit around the Earth, and watch videos in the Hubble video gallery.  Visitors can also partake in an interactive lesson in what the colors mean in Hubble pictures and why some of Hubble's pictures have unusual shapes.
Lunar and Planetary Institute: Maps and Imagery Moon
http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/mapsImagery/index.shtml
Browse and search online lunar atlases, galleries and image collections from Apollo, Ranger, Lunar Orbiter and more.
Mapping Our World Interactive Earth Science
http://nasaesw.strategies.org/interactive/
This interactive visualization allows you to explore data sets from over a dozen NASA Earth science missions for 25 unique views of our world. Learn more about each satellite mission that collected the data, and find links to related NASA resources.
NASA Global Climate Change Earth Science
http://climate.nasa.gov
This website features a collection of climate news, visualizations, FAQ’s, interactives and resources related to the changing climate and NASA’s role in studying climate change. Check out the Climate Reel section for a collection of NASA’s best videos and visualizations of climate change. Interactives allow you to see the changes taking place all over the planet: Global Ice Viewer.
NASA Visualization Explorer Earth ScienceHeliophysicsPlanetary Science
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/nasaviz/
The latest multimedia stories about NASA's exploration of the Earth, sun, moon,planets and universe delivered right to your iPad.
Photojournal Earth ScienceMoonHeliophysicsPlanetary Science
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/index.html
A searchable collection of press release images from NASA science missions.
Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) Earth ScienceMoonHeliophysicsPlanetary Science
http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov
Located at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, SVS works closely with scientists to create data visualization products that promote a greater understanding of NASA Earth and space science. Thousands of visualizations are available – with new ones added frequently – and include images, animations and short movies on topics as wide-ranging as NASA science. Browse the collection by theme, as well as search by keyword, mission, instrument, etc. Visualizations can be downloaded in a variety of formats and resolutions.
Solar Dynamics Observatory Gallery Heliophysics
http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/main.php
Access a gallery of images, animations and features from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. SDO is designed to help us understand the Sun's influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously.
Solar System Exploration MoonPlanetary Science
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/multimedia/
This collection includes some of the most intriguing images, videos and even strange sounds created during more than a half century of robotic exploration. The interactive and download sections put together some of those stories in engaging packages. Take your own trek though the history and planet galleries and see where you end up.
Space Images MoonHeliophysicsPlanetary ScienceAstrophysics
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages
These are some of NASA’s most beautiful images of planets, moons, galaxies and more, taken by NASA’s robotic spacecraft.
Space Weather Media Viewer Heliophysics
http://sunearthday.gsfc.nasa.gov/spaceweather/
Features near-real-time imagery from a wide variety of NASA missions, visualizations as well as video interviews with prominent scientists. Topicsinclude: Solar wind, auroras, corona, solar interior, and solar cycle.
Visible Earth Earth Science
http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/
This website provides a searchable directory of NASA Earth science images, animations and data visualizations. Most resources are available digitally at multiple resolutions, with captions and metadata. Users can search the database using full text and advanced searches by topic, keyword, sensor, location, parameter and dates.

Intermediate

Access science data and tools designed for use in the classroom, informal education settings, and by citizen scientists.

Legend:     Earth Sciences Earth     Moon Moon     Heliophysics Sun     Planetary Science Planets     Astrophysics Universe

Chandra X-Ray Observatory Astrophysics
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/
Search for images from NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory by date and category (e.g., Solar System, Stars, White Dwarfs, Supernovas, Neutron Stars, Black Holes, Milky Way Galaxy, Normal Galaxies, Quasars, Groups of Galaxies, and Cosmology/Deep Field), audience, and format. Includes image tutorials (e.g., false color, scale and distance, cosmic distance, angular measurement, etc.) and interactive tools for exploring images.
Eyes on Earth 3D Earth SciencePlanetary Science
ttp://eyes.nasa.gov/earth/
Fly in real time alongside current Earth-observing missions, which constantly monitor our planet’s vital signs—such as sea level height, carbon dioxide concentrations in our atmosphere, global temperatures, and extent of sea ice in the Arctic.
Eyes on the Solar System 3D
http://eyes.nasa.gov/index.html
Explore real NASA planetary mission data and spacecraft from this online, 3-D environment. Hop on an asteroid. Fly with NASA's Voyager spacecraft. See the solar system moving in real time.
Earth Exploration Toolbook Earth Science
http://serc.carleton.edu/eet/index.html
This collection of online Earth system science activities introduces students to scientific data sets and analysis tools, including maps, graphs and images, as they explore some aspect of the Earth system, e.g.,
Educators Guide to NASA Earth Science Images and Data Earth Science
http://nasaesw.strategies.org/images-data-educators-guide-to-nasa-earth-science-images-and-data/
This 16-page booklet illustrates multiple NASA sources that allow educators to incorporate real Earth science data and images in their teaching. Sample resources as well as firsthand accounts of how these are being used in the classroom or informal education setting are included. Includes sections on introductory, intermediate, and advanced sources of data and images.
Helioviewer Heliophysics
http://helioviewer.org/
Helioviewer.org is an open-source project for visualizing solar and heliospheric data from many different missions. Users can easily create movies of selected time periods, upload to YouTube or download to their computer. The project is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA.
Landsat Images Earth Science
http://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/
Landsat satellites have taken specialized digital images of Earth’s continents and surrounding coastal regions for over three decades, enabling people to study many aspects of our planet and to evaluate the dynamic changes caused by both natural processes and human practices. The site provides access to images and tools, as well as tutorials to help learn how to use, process, analyze and understand Landsat data.
Map a Planet – PDS Imaging Node MoonPlanetary Science
http://www.mapaplanet.org/
Explore global imagery of the planets and satellites from a variety of missions in an easy to use web interface. Customize and download your own image maps of the Moon, Mars, Venus, and other planets and moons.
MY NASA DATA Earth Science
http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov
Students of all ages can investigate microsets of NASA Earth science satellite data, including atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, ocean and land surface. Data are available along with lesson plans, computer tools and an Earth science glossary. Citizen science project ideas are also available.
NASA Earth Observations (NEO) Earth Science
http://neo.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov
NEO provides a repository of global data imagery highlighting NASA research in climate and environmental change and to make that imagery easily accessible. It was developed to help museums, science centers and other informal education institutions access imagery of NASA’s global datasets. Images are available in several formats (JPEG, PNG, GeoTIFF, and Google Earth), including those supported by Science On a Sphere and other global kiosk displays. Includes access by Web Mapping Service so that kiosks and other applications can update automatically.
SatCam Earth Science
http://satcam.ssec.wisc.edu/index.html
This climate-related app for iOS devices allows users to collect observations of local cloud and surface conditions coordinated with an overpass of the Terra, Aqua, or Suomi NPP satellite. The new App, made for iPhone 3GS/4/4s, iPod Touch 4th gen and iPad 2&3, is freely available for download on the App Store at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/satcam/id541584983
Solar Dynamics Observatory - Kiosk Movies Heliophysics
http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/kiosk.php
Download images of various sizes from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, create animations, download daily, full-disk movies, or run kiosk movies. Create time series plots of EVE Level 2 data.
Student Hera Astro Physics
http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/ftools/fv/doc/connectToStudentHera.html
Hera is an interface to software and data provided by the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. The data are from satellites that detect x-rays and gamma rays from objects such as black holes, neutron stars, galaxies, and supernovae. This interface has been adapted for use by students, educators, amateur astronomers and the general public, and allows them to use the same software that astronomers use on the same data sets that astronomers analyze. These data may be used for extensions of classroom lessons, science fair projects, research projects, etc.

Advanced

Access full scientific datasets and/or analysis tools for conducting research and analysis.

Legend:     Earth Sciences Earth     Moon Moon     Heliophysics Sun     Planetary Science Planets     Astrophysics Universe

Educators Guide to NASA Earth Science Images and Data Earth Science
http://nasaesw.strategies.org/images-data-educators-guide-to-nasa-earth-science-images-and-data/
This 16-page booklet illustrates multiple NASA sources that allow educators to incorporate real Earth science data and images in their teaching. Sample resources as well as firsthand accounts of how these are being used in the classroom or informal education setting are included. Includes sections on introductory, intermediate, and advanced sources of data and images.
EOSDIS - Earth Data Website Earth Science
http://earthdata.nasa.gov/data
NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) comprises a series of satellites, a science component and a data system, which is called The Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). EOSDIS distributes thousands of Earth system science data products and associated services for interdisciplinary studies. Almost all data in EOSDIS are held on-line and accessed via ftp.
Giovanni Earth Science
http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/giovanni
Giovanni is a Web-based application developed by the GES DISC that provides a simple and intuitive way to visualize, analyze, and access vast amounts of Earth science remote sensing data without having to download the data. Giovanni is an acronym for the GES-DISC (Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center) Interactive Online Visualization ANd aNalysis Infrastructure.
Hera: Astronomical Data Analysis Over the Internet Astrophysics
http://heasarc.nasa.gov/hera/
Hera is the data processing facility provided by the HEASARC at the NASA GSFC for analyzing FITS format. astronomical data files. Hera provides all the preinstalled software packages, local disk space, and computing resources needed to do general processing of FITS format data files residing on the user's local computer, and to do advanced research using the publicly available data from High Energy Astrophysics missions. Qualified students, educators, and researchers may freely use the Hera services over the internet for research and educational purposes.
Planetary Data System MoonHeliophysicsPlanetary Science
http://pds.nasa.gov/
The PDS archives and distributes scientific data from NASA planetary missions, astronomical observations, and laboratory measurements. The PDS is sponsored by NASA's Science Mission Directorate. Its purpose is to ensure the long-term usability of NASA data and to stimulate advanced research.
Solar Dynamics Observatory - Data Heliophysics
http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/data/dataaccess.php
Look under the "Science Data" tab to find the primary archive for data from NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (HMI and AIA data); supports complex search parameters for use in helioseismology. Users can also access Near Real Time (NRT) space weather data. Includes a link to the Integrated Space Weather Analysis System (iSWA) – a Web application for visualizing space weather data from multiple missions, including all SDO instruments.