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Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the Earth from Space Web site.

QUESTIONS:

I would like to use some of the imagery from Earth from Space. What are NASA's rules for using this imagery?

Where can I find more NASA imagery?

How do I download images to my computer?

Why don't you have any pictures of my city or region on your site?

Are high-resolution, uncompressed versions of these images, such as TIFF files, available on-line?

I saw in a magazine a composite picture of the entire Earth at night with city lights. Where can I get that picture?

Where can I find space-related educational resources?

Where can I find the latest Shuttle or International Space Station mission information?


ANSWERS:


I would like to use some of the imagery from Earth from Space. 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:
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/policies.html.

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Where can I find more NASA imagery?

Please check out our list of other NASA Imagery Web sites for our suggestions!

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How do I download images to my computer?

To download images, just browse through the site until you find an image you are interested in, then click on the appropriate link to view the low resolution or high resolution version of the image. These links are available on every image information page on Earth from Space.

Once the image has completely loaded into your Web browser window, take the following steps to save it to your computer.

Windows Computers:

Right-mouse-click on the image in your Web browser, and an small window will open with a menu of options. Select "Save Picture As" (Internet Explorer) or "Save Image As" (Netscape) from the menu. A new window will open. In this window, select a location on your computer to save the image to and click the Save button. That's it! The image is now downloaded to your computer.

This technique will work on any image on any Web site.

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Why don't you have any pictures of my city or region on your site?

The imagery on this site is selected based on aesthetic quality and scientific interest rather than geographical location. Photo opportunities are also constrained by the orbital path of the spacecraft, prevailing weather conditions, and other factors.

New images are added periodically to Earth from Space, so check back frequently!

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Are high-resolution, uncompressed versions of these images, such as TIFF files, available on-line?

No. Due to the extremely large file size of uncompressed high-resolution images, we are unable to provide on-line access to them. However, the JSC Media Resource Center coordinates with some local commercial photographic labs that do offer NASA imagery products to the public. More information on this service is available on the Purchasing Prints and Scans page.

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I saw in a magazine a composite picture of the entire Earth at night with city lights. Where can I get that picture?

A high-resolution image is available from NASA's Planetary Photojournal at:
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/PIAGenCatalogPage.pl?PIA02991

You can get also get the poster version from: http://www.spaceshots.com/Index_Commerce.mv?parm_func=expand_image+parm_prod=1681

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Where can I find space-related educational resources?

NASA 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.

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Where can I find the latest Shuttle or International Space Station mission information?

NASA 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.

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