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NASA brings historic photos to Flickr Commons

NASA and the Internet Archive have agreed to bring historic photos related to the space organization to Flickr Commons.

A photo available on NASA's Flickr page.
A photo available on NASA's Flickr page. NASA

NASA is now providing images detailing its early years on Flickr's Commons archive, the space agency announced on Monday.

NASA's new Commons page displays nearly 200 photos taken throughout the venerable organization's early history. They're arranged in three photo sets, including "Building NASA," "Launch/Takeoff," and "NASA Center Namesakes."

The photos available on Flickr aren't available exclusively on that site. In fact, since 2007, NASA has been working with the Internet Archive to display its historic photos. But according to NASA, it decided to bring some of those images to The Commons to both make them more readily available online and give users a bit more "insight about NASA's history." A NASA spokesperson said that the organization plans to gradually add more photos to Flickr over time.

The Commons is one of the more viable destinations on Flickr for information-seekers. The focus of The Commons, according to the description on its home page, is "to firstly show you hidden treasures in the world's public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer." The site allows users to tag photos and leave comments discussing their historical significance.

Aside from NASA's new gallery, The Commons features content from the Library of Congress, Smithsonian, and the New York Public Library, among many other institutions.