I recently discovered this awesome little gem of a NASA website that gives the public access to high resolution photos from the entire history of NASA. The website is called GRIN (Great Images In NASA). What is GRIN exactly? Here is NASA's description straight from the website:
The Great Images in NASA (GRIN) system provides a database of photos documenting NASA. Photos include: aircraft structures, aircraft design, aircraft models, wind tunnel tests, materials research, space programs, astronaut training, robotic planetary exploration and images taken by NASA spacecraft such as the Hubble Space Telescope and Mars Global Surveyor. GRIN contains many, but not all of the most popular images from NASA’s history. It also contains important historical images that you may not have seen before. We established GRIN to help journalists, publishers, educators, authors and the general public find high-quality historical photos. Photos were selected both for their historical importance and their visual impact.
These photos are free and are available for anyone to use. The photos are copyright free with the following conditions:
- NASA materials may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by NASA or by any NASA employee of a commercial product, service or activity, or used in any other manner that might mislead.
- NASA should be acknowledged as the source of its material.
- It is unlawful to falsely claim copyright or other rights in NASA material.
- NASA shall in no way be liable for any costs, expenses, claims or demands arising out of use of NASA's cassettes and photographs by a recipient's distributees.
- NASA personnel are not authorized to sign indemnity or hold harmless statements, release from copyright infringement, or documents granting exclusive use rights.
You can search the GRIN website by subject or by the NASA Center in which the photos were taken. Since my home is Kennedy Space Center I choose a few of my favorite KSC photos to give you a taste of what you can find on this incredible website. WARNING, you will quickly burn through a lot of time browsing through some really great photos so only visit this site if you have some extra time on your hands!
The image above is of the Complex 39 reflection shot of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB).
The image above is a closeup of astronaut Alan Shepard in his space suit seated inside the Mercury capsule. He is undergoing a flight simulation test with the capsule mated to the Redstone booster.
The image above is of a powerful electrical storm near Complex 39A just beofre the launch of STS-8.
This image above is of two Southern Bald Eagles which inhabit an enormous nest on the Kennedy Parkway North. This nest has been occupied by many generations of eagles for everal decades and can easily be seen from the road.
The image above is of the Space Shuttle Atlantis taken from above the Mobile Launch Platform (MLP) when it was rolling out to the pad for launch. There aren't a lot of images of the Space Shuttle from this angle and just love this perspective of this amazing vehicle.