An anonymous reader writes: Today NASA deployed one of it's first cloud native public web applications, images.nasa.gov. Running the site out of Amazon Web Services, and utilizing many of Amazon's services for its core functions allows the agency to share TeraBytes of imagery amassed over decades with the scientific community and the general public at a fraction of the typical costs. The site features over a hundred thousand original images, videos and audio clips spanning the Agency's nearly 60 year history. According to the agency :
"NASA officially has launched a new resource to help the public search and download out-of-this-world images, videos and audio files by keyword and metadata searches from NASA.gov. The NASA Image and Video Library website consolidates imagery spread across more than 60 collections into one searchable location. Users can browse the agency’s most recently uploaded files, as well as discover historic and the most popularly searched images, audio files and videos. NASA Image and Video Library’s Application Programmers Interface (API) allows automation of imagery uploads for NASA, and gives members of the public the ability to embed content in their own sites and applications. This public site runs on NASA’s cloud native “infrastructure-as-a-code” technology enabling on-demand use in the cloud. Other features include:
- Automatically scales the interface for mobile phones and tablets
- Displays the EXIF/camera data that includes exposure, lens used, and other information, when available from the original image
- Allows for easy public access to high resolution files
- All video includes a downloadable caption file"