Media Resource Center

    Guidelines for Use of NASA Imagery

    See NASA-wide guidelines here.

    As a government entity, NASA does not "license" the use of NASA materials or sign license agreements. The Agency generally has no objection to the reproduction and use of these materials (audio transmissions and recordings; video transmissions and recording; or still and motion picture photography), subject to the following conditions:

    • NASA material may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by NASA or by any NASA employee of a commercial product, service, or activity, or used in any manner that might mislead.
    • NASA should be acknowledged as the source of the material. (PHOTO CREDIT: NASA or National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
    • It is unlawful to falsely claim copyright or other rights in NASA material.
    • NASA shall in no way be liable for any costs, expenses, claims, or demands arising out of the use of NASA material by a recipient or a recipient's distributees.
    • NASA does not indemnify nor hold harmless users of NASA material, nor release such users from copyright infringement, nor grant exclusive use rights with respect to NASA material.
    • NASA material is not protected by copyright unless noted. If copyrighted, permission should be obtained from the copyright owner prior to use. If not copyrighted, NASA material may be reproduced and distributed without further permission from NASA.
    • If a recognizable person, or talent (e.g., an astronaut or a noted personality engaged to narrate a film) appears in NASA material, use for commercial purposes may infringe a right of privacy or publicity. Therefore, permission should be obtained from the recognizable person or talent if the proposed use of the NASA material could be viewed as a commercial exploitation of that person. However, if the intended use of NASA material is primarily for communicative purposes, i.e., books, newspapers, and magazines reporting facts of historical significance (constitutionally protected media uses), then such uses will generally be considered not to infringe such personal rights.
    • Some NASA audiovisual material may incorporate music or footage, which is copyrighted and licensed for the particular NASA work. Any editing or otherwise altering of the work may not be covered under the original license, and therefore would require permission of the copyright owner.
    • NASA audiovisual material may include visible NASA identifiers (e.g., the name of the vehicle and the NASA Insignia or Logotype in photographs or film footage of Space Shuttle vehicles). Use of such materials is generally non-objectionable, provided the NASA identifiers appear in their factual context.
    • Any alteration, digital or otherwise, of a NASA image must contain a prominent notice affixed to the altered image or in close proximity there to stating that the NASA image has been altered.


  • Accessing Still Photography

    The MRC still photography collection contains a variety of NASA-related images including astronaut training, crew portraits, and flight hardware; as well as a selection of photos from the launch, landing, and onboard phases of the flights. Learn how to access it here.

  • Video, Film and Audio

    Use this link to learn how to access the Media Resource Center's Video, Film and Audio collection.

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