Does NASA make publicly available real images of missions in an organized manner? What I mean is: Say I'm looking for the images taken by New Horizons - a simple list of the images in chronological order. Even if it's not a comprehensive list, at least all of those made publicly available. Does that exist?

To be clear - I'm not interested in "artist concept". On the other hand - "false color" pictures of infrared etc. are fine.

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    $\begingroup$ Something like this? pluto.jhuapl.edu/soc/Pluto-Encounter $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jul 16 '15 at 18:59
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    $\begingroup$ Or this? mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/opportunity.html $\endgroup$ – Wayfaring Stranger Jul 16 '15 at 19:11
  • $\begingroup$ @called2voyage Yes. Thanks! (Is there a common starting point for all of those lists like yours and the other comment here?) $\endgroup$ – ispiro Jul 16 '15 at 20:30
  • $\begingroup$ @WayfaringStranger See previous comment. $\endgroup$ – ispiro Jul 16 '15 at 20:30
  • $\begingroup$ Honestly, I just used google. You can also try googling with "site:nasa.gov" in your search query to get more refined results. $\endgroup$ – called2voyage Jul 16 '15 at 20:38

NASA mission data is archived at a handful of NASA archives. If you do not know which archive a data set is in, then you can search the Master Catalog at the NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive (NSSDC). The main astrophysics archives are:

HEASARC (High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center)

IRSA (Infrared Science Archives)

LAMBDA (Legacy Archive for Microwave Background Data Analysis)

and MAST (Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes)

Planetary/Solar System Data are at the various Nodes of the PDS. NSSDC holds data from many of the older missions that predate these archives.

New Horizons data is being archived at the Small Bodies Node of PDS. But, it usually takes several months for data to get into these archives. So, if you are looking for very current images, you have to rely on what the mission team has put up on its web site. That is at their discretion.


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