Collected here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions
we have received from visitors to the JSC Digital Image Collection.
would like to use some of the imagery from the Digital Image Collection.
Do I need special permission? What are NASA's rules for using this imagery?
can I find more NASA imagery?
you have any publication-quality versions of the images on this site?
high-resolution versions of these images available on the Digital
is a "fuzzy match"?
saw in a magazine a composite picture of the entire Earth at night with
city lights? Where can I get that picture?
can I find space-related educational resources?
can I find the latest Shuttle or International Space Station mission information?
I would like to use some
of the imagery from the Digital Image Collection. Do I need special permission?
What are NASA's rules for using this imagery?
All of the imagery
on this site is public domain. There are, however, a few restrictions
on its use you should be aware of. Some general
guidelines on the use of NASA imagery are available on this site.
Additional important information on NASA's usage policy can be found at:
Where can I find more NASA
Please check out
our list of other NASA Imagery Web sites
for our suggestions!
Do you have any publication-quality
versions of the images on this site?
No. All images on
this site are in JPEG format (a lossy, compressed format), and scanned
at 640x480 resolution and 72 DPI. This quality of image is unsuitable for
most publication needs. Uncompressed, high-resolution scans are usually
required for commercial publications, and such files are far too large
to host on this site.
Some of NASA's other
Imagery Web sites have high-resolution JPEG files that could possibly
be used for publication.
Are high-resolution versions
of these images available on the Digital Image Collection?
No. Due to the extremely
large file size of uncompressed high-resolution images, we are unable
to provide on-line access to them. However, some of NASA's other
Imagery Web sites have high-resolution imagery available.
is a "fuzzy match"?
search by NASA Photo ID, the search engine first tries to find
the exact ID in the database. If the photo is found, only that
photo is returned in the search results. The exact match search
is fairly forgiving, and accounts for minor variations like an
extra or missing leading zero. Chances are good that if the search
engine fails an exact match, the photo isn't in the collection.
If the exact ID is not found, the search engine then makes
one more attempt to find your ID, by breaking the ID you specified
into pieces and trying ID variations. For example, a search for
"AS06-02-147" will not find an exact match, so the search
engine tries variations that include "AS06", "06",
"02", "147", etc. Occasionally, this kind
of "fuzzy matching" results in only a few results, one
of which is the correct one. More often, fuzzy matching generates
a lot of results, many of which appear to have nothing to do with
your original search. When a fuzzy match is performed, it will
be indicated in the title of the search results page.
If your ID search returns a fuzzy match and you don't find what
you need, try a keyword search instead. If you still need help,
contact the Curator for assistance.
saw in a magazine a composite picture of the entire Earth at night
with city lights. Where can I get that picture?
image is available from NASA's Planetary Photojournal at:
Where can I find space-related
Education Program - http://education.nasa.gov/
NASA's Education homepage serves as the cyber-gateway to information regarding
educational programs and services offered by NASA for educators and students
across the United States. This high-level directory of information provides
specific details and points of contact for all of NASA's educational efforts
and Field Center Offices.
Where can I find the latest
Shuttle or International Space Station mission information?
Human Space Flight Web - http://spaceflight.nasa.gov
One of NASA's flagship Web sites, the Human Space Flight Web hosts current
mission information for both the Space Shuttle and the International Space
Station, NASA news releases and status reports, archival mission information,
a large library of reference material, a multimedia gallery containing
the latest training and on-orbit video, audio, and imagery, and much more.