Elliott C. Back: Internet & Technology

Free High-res NASA Earth Images

Posted in Computers & Technology,Graphics,P2P,Performance,Politics by Elliott Back on January 27th, 2006.

NASA has released a huge number of high-resolution pictures of our planet earth at visibleearth.nasa.gov, which are, of course, free from copyright restriction of any kind, NASA being a government agency. Want a photo of our big blue marble planet? Check. Want to download infrared (IR) imagery of various parts of the earth? Check. Want to look at foliage, sea levels, or some other geological feature? Check.

They’re even using torrents (BT) to distribute high resolution photos of certain parts of the earth. Personally, I’ve never seen a 86400 x 43200 photo before, and one 1/4 of each dimension, or 1/16 smaller took 10 minutes to open in Photoshop with a gig and a half of RAM and a server scratch drive with a 16MB buffer. I’m glad they’re not using Apache to serve 2.9GB photos!

Very recently, NASA also put out this gorgeous picture of the southern lights, or aurora australis, as their IMAGE satellite circled the earth on September 11, 2005 after an unusually high burst of solar flare radiation:

WOW!  The aurora!!

The colored lights are the result of high-energy particles reacting with the earth’s magnetic shield.

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19 Responses to “Free High-res NASA Earth Images”

  1. Danish Shaikh says:

    very nice image.i love nasa space and mission.

  2. unknwon says:

    oh sorry its good at last

  3. unknwon says:

    not good ,not soo good ,not v.v.v.v.v.v.v.v.v.v goood
    its Vx999999999999999999999999999999999 times god

  4. Ephraim says:

    Great. if only i can get the Satellite Images of North Coast of Kenya. I have tried with no success.

  5. anand says:

    very intersting its amazging nasa its ultimate zone

  6. anonymous says:

    i cried

  7. umit says:

    nasa eart free dowladm
    ?

  8. [...] NASA put out this gorgeous picture of the southern lights, or aurora australis, as their IMAGE satellite circled the earth on September 11, 2005 after an unusually high burst of solar flare radiation. [...]

  9. Red Mulkern says:

    How can I get satalite images of South Korea on my web-TV?????

  10. that’s amazing and alot like looking at the moon. but, more colorful.

  11. adrian says:

    guauuuuuuuuuuu thast amazing

  12. M.Grimes says:

    THANX!! when photos are taken of earth from space it really puts it in prespective of how tiny we really are… Now i know how bacteria feels! Just kidding…. but no really nice pic.

  13. Joe says:

    I am just curled up with my dog checking out satellite photos and ran in to this one. Cool.

  14. k.a.thushara kumara ruparathna says:

    i’m a studant of university of peradeniya in srilanka.i’m studing about chemistry for a special degree.i would like to know more details about that and i hope to join with nasa.

  15. Jake says:

    cool nice one

  16. arun.a.v says:

    i like to know and like to have the satalite images of my contry and like to know that how the satalites workes if you are interested in me pls contact to my email address

  17. jane says:

    wow incredible!!!

    have no clue where to locate high res but sure made me want to get myself a replica of the Earth City Lights Image

  18. heise says:

    want Hi rez of Augusta Ga.

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