Three compilations of historic NASA images have been released on The Commons on Flickr, the results of a collaboration between Flickr , the space agency and the Internet Archive.
NASA is encouraging visitors to The Commons to add tags or keywords to the images to identify objects and people. In addition, viewers can communicate with other visitors by sharing comments. These contributions will help make the images easier to find online and add insight about NASA’s history.
Three sets of photos share a common theme of NASA’s early days. The “Launch and Takeoff” features images of iconic spacecraft and aircraft taking flight. “Building NASA” highlights groundbreaking events and the construction of some of NASA’s facilities. The “Center Namesakes” set features photos of the founders and figureheads of NASA’s 10 field centers.
“NASA’s long-standing partnership with Internet Archive and this new one with Yahoo!’s Flickr provides an opportunity for the public to participate in the process of discovery,” said Debbie Rivera, lead for the NASA Images project at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. “In addition, the public can help the agency capture historical knowledge about missions and programs through this new resource and make it available for future generations.”
Library of Congress launched The Commons to increase access to publicly held photo collections and provide a way for the public to contribute information and knowledge.