Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Aerial Photos and Satellite Images
Photographs and other images of the Earth, Moon, and other planets and satellites taken from the air or from space—also known as remotely sensed images—permit accurate mapping of land cover and make landscape features understandable on regional, continental, and even global scales. Transient phenomena, such as seasonal vegetation vigor and contaminant discharges, can be studied by comparing images acquired at different times.
About Aerial Photos and Satellite Images
Aerial Photographs and Satellite Images
Guide to how aerial photographs and satellite images are obtained and used. Includes information for ordering photographs and satellite imagery.
How to Obtain Aerial Photographs
Describes photographic projects from the USGS, other federal, state, and local government agencies, and commercial firms and includes a checklist for obtaining an aerial photograph. (Adobe .pdf file. Requires Adobe Acrobat reader.)
Looking for an Old Aerial Photograph
Selected sources for researching or obtaining historical aerial photographs for business or personal purposes.
The Blue Marble: Next Generation
This spectacular “blue marble” image from NASA is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet displayed at a very high resolution of 500 meters/pixel. These monthly images, which are freely available to educators, scientists, museums, and the public, reveal seasonal changes to the land surface: the green-up and dying-back of vegetation in temperate regions such as North America and Europe, dry and wet seasons in the tropics, and advancing and retreating Northern Hemisphere snow cover.
Aerial photos for the following Texas counties: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise. Select “Map Themes/Aerial Photographs.”
Microsoft Research Maps
MSR Maps (formerly TerraServer-USA) provides free public access to a vast data store of maps and aerial photographs of the United States. Navigate by selecting a location on a map or by entering a street and city or a latitude and longitude.
National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)
Timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources. Provides satellite products, environmental information, and official assessments of the environment in support of societal and economic decisions.
Ocean Surface Topography from Space
Continuous data from satellites like TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason help us understand and foresee the effects of the changing oceans on our climate and on catastrophic climate events such as El Niño and La Niña.
Texas Natural Resources Information System
Digital data available through TNRIS pertain to water resources, geology, Census, and other natural resources spatial data. Digital Orthophoto Quads (DOQs) provide the most current view of surface features and are available in resolutions from 30 meters to one meter. You can also download 2.5 meter DOQQs, DRGs, TxDOT, DEMs, Hillshades, and more as they become available.
Central point of access to the superset of NASA’s Earth science-related images, animations, and data visualizations.
Allows any user to zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth, leveraging high resolution LandSat imagery and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) elevation data to experience earth terrain (or any planet with the data) in visually rich 3D, just as if they were really there. Virtually visit anyplace in the world.