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Aerial Photographs and Satellite Images. Online edition. (USGS)
Online edition of a booklet prepared by USGS describing these two types of images and what is available from the agency. Includes ordering information.

Ask USGS. Aerial Photographs
Includes General Aerial Photograph Information, National Aerial Photography Program (NAPP) and National High Altitude Photography (NHAP), Digital Orthophoto Quadrangles (DOQ), and Other Photographs.

Ask USGS. Satellite Imagery
Includes General Satellite Imagery Information, Landsat 7, Landsats 1-5, CORONA (Declassified) Satellite Photographs, Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR), and Planetary Images & Maps.

Color Landform Atlas of the United States
For all 50 states, access Shaded relief maps, County maps, Black and white maps, PostScript maps, Satellite images, and an 1895 map.

EarthExplorer (USGS)
Query, search, and order satellite images, aerial photographs, and cartographic products from several sources.

Earth & Moon Viewers
Two different Earth viewer sites using Living Earth imagery: John Walker’s Earth & Moon Viewer and Paul Carlisle’s Earth Viewer. [Carlisle’s site is written primarily for elementary school students.]

Global Climate Change
Produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through The section “Maps & Data” includes a Dataset Gallery, Snapshots of climate maps such as Drought Monitors, Severe Weather Climatology, Monthly Temperature Outlook, Average Monthly Temperatures. and more. There is also a GIS Data Locator, and a variety of charts and graphs.
The United Kingdom’s leading interactive mapping service on the web. Offers street level maps of Europe and detailed maps of the world. Includes travel directions, aerial photographs, and London Tube maps.

NASA Planetary Photo-journal
This collaborative service is designed to provide easy access to the publicly released images from various Solar System exploration programs. New images are added regularly.

NASA’s Mars Exploration Program (main page)
This site, with its digital images and other features on Mars, includes images from the two Mars Rovers, Opportunity and Spirit, as well as the 2001 missions, Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey. The site includes the special sections “Mars for Kids,” “Mars for Students,” “Mars for Educators,” and “Mars for Press.” The Mars Atlas includes a clickable map with links to more information and images from the Red Planet. The Atlas page also includes a link to the “New Mars Digital Map.”

OSEI (Operational Significant Event Imagery) (NOAA Satellite and Information Services)
“The Operational Significant Event Imagery team produces high-resolution, detailed imagery of significant environmental events which are visible in remotely-sensed data available at the NOAA Science Center in Suitland, Maryland.” OSEI products include multichannel color composite imagery and animations. Images are organized by topic: Current events, Dust storms, Fires, Floods, Icebergs, Ocean, Severe weather, Snow cover, Storms, Tropical cyclones, Unique imagery, and Volcanoes. Archive files are included.

Photo Finder (USGS Earth Explorer)
“A quick and easy way to find and order USGS National Aerial Photography Program (NAPP) photos.”

Star Journey (National Geographic)
View the nighttime sky using the National Geographic’s popular “Star Chart,” now with overlays of Hubble Space Telescope images.

TerraFly (Florida International University)
TerraFly utilizes satellite imagery and aerial photography to allow users to virtually “fly” over the continental United States. The application is designed to aid in the dissemination and visualization of geospatial data via the internet. The incorporation of USGS data could make this one of the largest databases on the internet. (“A public service of Florida International University sponsored by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the United States Geological Survey, and IBM.”)

TerraServer-USA web site is one of the world’s largest online databases, providing free public access to a vast data store of maps and aerial photographs of the United States. TerraServer is designed to work with commonly available computer systems and web browsers over slow speed communications links.” Since January 2000, TerraServer-USA has hosted only USGS imagery of locations in the United States. TerraServer-USA contains USGS digitized aerial images covering approximately 90% of the conterminous United States. New digitized aerial photos of the United States are loaded daily. Images can be downloaded. 

Visible Earth (a searchable directory of images, visualizations, and animations of the Earth) (NASA)
Includes over 6,000 images (as of March 2004) covering such topics as agriculture, atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, human dimensions, land surface, locations, oceans, and solid earth.

Welcome to the Planets (TM)  (Atlas of the Planets)
Produced by the California Institute of Technology. This is a collection of many of the best images from NASA’s planetary exploration program.

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Updated: May 2019. Currently maintained by Kimberly Wirth, Coordinator of Information Literacy/Research Librarian.

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