The NASA Insignia, Logotype, identifiers, and imagery are not in the public domain. The use of the Insignia, Logotype and NASA identifiers is protected by law, and imagery is made available for use consistent with Media Usage Guidelines.
As a government entity, NASA does not license the use of NASA materials nor sign licensing agreements. The agency generally has no objection to the reproduction and use of materials it has made available to the public (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. Therefore, there are strict limits placed on the use of any of the NASA identities and emblem imagery in advertisements. Please see NASA Film and Documentary, Merchandising, Image and Media, and Logo & Graphics guidelines for more information.
Using terms like ‘NASA approved’ or ‘official NASA,’ or similar wording, to describe your product or association with NASA is prohibited.
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.
If copyright is indicated on any NASA materials, permission should be obtained from the indicated copyright owner prior to use. Subject to any such copyright indications, and subject to compliance with these guidelines, NASA material may be reproduced and distributed without further permission from NASA.
If a recognizable former or Non-NASA person (e.g., a former astronaut or non-NASA talent) appears in NASA content, use of this content for commercial or promotional purposes may infringe on the person’s right of privacy or publicity. Permission should be obtained from the recognizable person in those instances.
Some NASA audiovisual material may incorporate music or footage, which is copyrighted and licensed for the particular NASA work. Any further use by a third party of such material 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 ground vehicles, aircraft or spacecraft). Use of such materials is generally non-objectionable, provided the NASA identifiers appear in their factual context.
Linking to NASA Websites
NASA Web sites may be linked to from other websites, including individuals’ personal websites, without explicit permission from NASA. However, such links may not explicitly or implicitly convey NASA’s endorsement of commercial goods or services. NASA images may be used as graphic “hot links” to NASA websites, provided they are used within the guidelines above. This permission does not extend to use of the NASA Insignia, the NASA Logotype or the NASA Seal. NASA should be acknowledged as the source of the material.
NASA Contractors and Partners
The NASA Insignia, Logotype and Seal should not be used as branding devices, or used in or for advertising, trade dress, promotions, or similar marketing purposes, on third-party websites or communications material.
Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs)
As a U.S. government agency, NASA makes its imagery and video publicly available for educational and information purposes, however, since Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are, in essence, digital tokens owned by someone as a “one of a kind” digital asset, NASA doesn’t wish for its materials to be used for these purposes. The agency also doesn’t approve any merchandising applications involving NFTs, and it’s unlawful to falsely claim copyright or other rights in NASA materials.