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Workers paint the blue NASA “meatball” insignia on the top of NASA Glenn Research Center’s hangar roof. The workers are tethered to the roof and are very small in comparison to the large logo.

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.

Advertising Requests

Strict legal regulations govern NASA policy regarding advertising requests.
A general overview of NASA policy follows:

As a government agency, NASA will not promote or endorse or appear to promote or endorse a commercial product, service or activity. Therefore, there are strict limits placed on the use of any of the NASA identities and emblem imagery in advertisements.

Any references to NASA in an advertisement must be factually accurate.

Many NASA images and selections of film and video footage produced and publicly released by NASA may be used for advertising purposes. However, there are rules regarding the appearance of NASA astronauts’ or NASA employees’ names, likenesses or other personality traits in advertising materials. Astronauts or employees who are currently employed by NASA cannot have their names, likenesses or other personality traits displayed in any advertisements or marketing material. Former NASA Astronauts or employees who no longer work for the U.S. Government can grant permission for the use of their names, likenesses or other personality traits in their discretion, but their former affiliation with NASA may not be used to promote any product, service or activity. For deceased astronauts or employees, their estates may retain rights in the deceased person’s name, likeness or other personality traits, so permission may still be needed.  NASA may not grant the right to use names, likenesses or other personality traits on behalf of these individuals.

There are many images (moving and still) which have been made publicly available by NASA featuring astronauts in space suits where the astronaut’s face may be shielded or not easily recognizable, but where some other aspect of the photo may indicate the astronaut’s identity – like a name tag or simply the historical context of the photo.  In such a case, the restrictions set forth above may still be applicable, so permission may still be necessary.

NASA does not permit use of the NASA Insignia and other NASA indicia in advertisements. Any use of the NASA identity on spacesuits or spacecraft is generally not permitted unless authorized by the Office of Communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

Any images included in advertisements must follow NASA’s Images and Media Guidelines

The NASA Insignia cannot appear on websites that contain open advertising unless approved by the Associate Administrator for Communications or designee.

NASA has a long standing policy of not collaborating with promotions related to alcohol or tobacco products.

Commercials or other advertisements or marketing activities are not permitted to be shot at NASA Centers.

When all legal and policy regulations have been met and approval is obtained, the advertiser may contact the Photo Department at 202-358-1900 for information to access imagery.

Advertising and Marketing on the International Space Station

Commercials and other marketing filming/activity on the International Space Station authorized by the NASA Interim Directive (NID) on Use of International Space Station (ISS) for Commercial and Marketing Activities are additionally subject to the following guidelines:

NASA support in filming/capturing commercials or other marketing videos, which will occur behind the scenes, shall not be used to indicate or imply that NASA approves or endorses the requesting entity or its products, services, or enterprises. No commercials or promotional materials filmed on ISS may imply such approval or endorsement, nor may NASA stock images or footage be used in a way that does so.

The commercials or other marketing filming should not reference NASA support needed to create the materials, including any mention that NASA astronauts were involved in the filming.

The commercials or marketing materials filmed are not permitted to show activities that are distinguishable as NASA activities.

The commercials or other marketing materials shall not use any corporate name(s), logo(s), or trademark(s) depicted in marketing activities without permission.

The NASA Insignia may not appear with other corporate products, identifying marks, or properties.

Requests to film marketing materials on the ISS will also be approved in writing by the Multimedia Division of NASA’s Office of Communications. The Multimedia Division will receive such requests from the Johnson Space Center (JSC) after the commercial partner has developed its proposal in consultation with JSC.

Submitting an Advertising Request:

Companies interested in producing NASA-related advertisements must notify the Multimedia Division of NASA’s Office of Communications.

Requests should describe the intended use of NASA imagery in the ads.

If possible, layouts or storyboards of the advertisement should be included.

When all legal requirements have been met, NASA will send the advertiser an approval letter or email.

Requests regarding NASA related advertisements must be made in writing by sending an e-mail to Bert Ulrich.

Additional Guidance

Guidelines for logo usage, merchandising requests, media usage, and advertising requests

NASA Meatball

Brand Guidelines

Guidance for use of NASA's Insignia (the "Meatball"), Logotype (the "Worm") and other supporting graphics.

Michael Bay works at Launch Pad 39A with space shuttle Discovery in the background during filming of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" while the production team was at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in October 2010.

Film & Documentary

From providing footage to on-site filming learn more about working with NASA on documentary and film projects.

This landscape of “mountains” and “valleys” speckled with glittering stars is actually the edge of a nearby, young, star-forming region called NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula. Captured in infrared light by NASA’s new James Webb Space Telescope, this image reveals for the first time previously invisible areas of star birth.

Images & Media

Access and use of NASA's images and media assets for educational, informational and commercial purposes

The Astronaut Snoopy balloon is seen floating along in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, in New York City.

Strategic Partnerships

Learn more about how NASA collaborates with brands on engagement opportunities and products.