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August 23, 2000

It's another slow news day, so I'm going to fill up your mailboxes with what I hope will be one of the most useful editions... ever. Hang on to this one, it's a keeper.

"Where can I get pictures of rockets and planets and space stuff?" - another question I get all the time.

If you're interested in collecting space-related photos, I've got really good news for you. There are tons of sites on the Internet that have all kinds of images; from photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope to images of every rocket ever built. And the best news is that any image produced by NASA can be used without paying any license fee whatsoever.

What does that mean for you? Well, if you want to produce a T-shirt based on NASA photos, go ahead. Want to use their pictures in your book that sells millions of copies? That's fine too. Fill your website with every picture ever taken by the Hubble Space Telescope? Be their guest.

You don't even have to ask for permission.

Now, there are a few restrictions. You can't use the NASA logo on anything, and you can't imply that NASA is associated with your product or endorsing it any way. And if you use images of specific astronauts, you should ask their permission first. It's also important to add "Photo credit: NASA" beside any image you use. The full list of their restrictions are available here:


Now, now that you know your rights, go get some photos!

NASA Multimedia Gallery (your best source): http://www.nasa.gov/gallery/index.html

Hubble Space Telescope: http://www.stsci.edu

NASA Jet Propulsion Lab: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov

NASA Human Spaceflight: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov

Planetary Photojournal: http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/

Now remember, this only counts for NASA images. Every other organization (Boeing, the European Space Agency, etc) has its own restrictions about how you can and can't use its images. Some have similar licensing rules to NASA; others grants rights only for use by the press (people like me); some require that you send a letter and ask for permission; the rest want you to pay. If you plan to use any non-NASA image, make sure you read the image restrictions first. But I find that if you aren't planning on using the images for commercial purposes, most companies are happy to let you use their images on your website.

Delta Launch Successful... Finally

Shuttle Managers Watching Hurricane Closely


Boeing's newly developed Delta 3 rocket finally had its chance to shine this morning when it successfully launched from Cape Canaveral. This is first successful launch of a Delta 3... ever - its two previous launches ended in failure. The rocket was carrying a dummy cargo, and the only reason it was launched at all was to prove the rocket's reliability. Now all Boeing needs are customers.

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NASA is keeping a watchful eye on Tropical Storm Debby, which is currently bearing down on Southern Florida, including the Space Shuttle Atlantis, which is due to launch September 8th. Since the storm recently slowed down, and could be taking a more west-north-west direction, shuttle managers have decided to move forward with launch preparations, including loading fuel onto the orbiter.

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