Aerial & Satellite Photos Online

  • Aerial & Satellite Photographs Online: 

  • Google Earth
    Free download version allows for worldwide search and zoom, often down to individual buildings.
  • Google Maps
    Zoom in to US locales for maps, satellite images, or hybrids of both.
  • MapQuest 
    Enter a US address, then select "aerial image" from the resulting map.
  • TerraServer-USA
    Images worldwide, usually with multiple choices; US coverage more detailed.  Usual resolution is 8 or 15 m.
  • Aerial Photographs of Colorado  (University of Colorado) US Forest Service photos of the northern mountains, 1938-1947.
  • Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CSU)
    Real-time mapping of current weather in northern Colorado.
  • Aster  (NASA)
    Selected satellite images of natural and human disasters.
  • Earth As Art  (NASA)
    Selected satellite images that replicate colorful abstract art.
  • Earth from Space  (NASA)
    Especially useful for cities and geographical regions worldwide.
  • World Wind  (NASA)
    Software downloadable from this site allows creation of three-dimensional images worldwide.
  • EarthExplorer  (USGS)
    EarthExplorer provides online search, browse display, metadata export, and data download for earth science data from the archives of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Websites for cities, counties, states, and countries may also yield aerial/satellite photographs.
  • National Collection of Aerial Photography (UK)
    Imagery from 1940's and 50's from Scotland and Europe.

Images Available for Purchase from Federal Agencies

Aerial & Satellite Images Purchasable from Federal Agencies: 

Aerial & Satellite Photos

Aerial and Satellite Photos

 Print Resources:

  • Greeley, Fort Collins, Loveland.   G1502 .F7 L35 1989 Map
    Landis aerial photographs from 1989.
  • Denver.  G1504 .D4 L35  Map
    Landis aerial photographs from 1989.
  • Fort Collins, Loveland.   G1504 .F7 L35 1991 Map
    Landiscor aerial photographs from 1991.
  • [Denver aerial photos]  G1504 .D4 L35 1992  Map

Compact Discs: 

  • City of Fort Collins.  G4314 .F67 2000Z .F652  Elec Media
    GIS orthophotography TIFF images from 2000.
  • City of Fort Collins Aerial Photos.  G4314 .F67 1999 .F65  Elec Media
     Photos taken approximately 1999.
  • Aerial Photography, Larimer County.  G4313 .L4 2001 .S86  Elec Media
    Color photos taken in summer 2000.
  • Larimer County Colorado.  G4313 .L4A3 2001  Reserve
    Black-and-white aerial photography from 1999.
    [see also CSU library guide to GIS]


  • GeoMart 
    This commercial site offers both sales and an explanation of aerial photography concepts and products.


Additional Resources

Additional Resources: 

  • University of Colorado Boulder Map Library
    Further links to aerial and satellite photo resources.
  • Colorado School of Mines Map Library
    Another set of links to aerial and satellite photo resources.

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