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Frequently Asked Questions
  • I've searched through GRIN, NIX, and other on-line photo archives and I've found images I would like to use. What are the rules governing image use?

    NASA images are not protected by copyright unless noted. If copyrighted, permission should be obtained from the copyright owner prior to use. If not copyrighted, you may download photos you see on our Web sites provided that you supply proper attribution.

    However, photographs may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by NASA employees of a commercial product, process or service, or used in any other manner that might mislead. Accordingly, it is requested that if photographs are used in advertising and other commercial promotion, layout and copy be submitted to NASA prior to release. If a recognizable person appears in photographs, use for commercial purposes may infringe a right of privacy or publicity. For further information, please see the GRIN Copyright Information page or the General Counsel Office page.

  • Where can I find photographs on-line?

    The NASA History Division Photos Resources List will direct you toward the appropriate photos or images web archive.

  • I understand that the History Division maintains an archive. Can I come in to do research for my paper/book/project?

    Absolutely. Specific information about scheduling research dates can be found on our Contacting Us page.

    You do not have to be a U.S. Citizen to use our archives, but we do ask, if you are a foreign national, that you please call at least two weeks ahead of time.

  • What is the farthest distance from Earth NASA has been since the Apollo missions? Where can I find information and other space facts and records?

    In the post-Apollo era, NASA has not flown further than 386 miles above Earth's surface. This altitude was reached during STS-82, a Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission conducted by astronauts on board the Space Shuttle Discovery . Other facts are available at a number of places. A good resource is the Guinness Book of World Records, which maintains a web site at www.guinnessworldrecords.com. Additionally, CBS News maintains a web site of space facts and statistics at http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/spacestats.html that you might also find interesting. Additional information may be found in the appendices of the Aeronautics and Space Report of the President. Links to several of these yearly reports are available on-line at http://history.nasa.gov/presrep.htm.

  • How can I get a job at NASA? Does the History Division offer internships? How can I become an astronaut?

    Information about working for NASA, available openings, becoming an astronaut, and student opportunities is highlighted on the NASA Jobs web site at http://nasajobs.nasa.gov. In addition, the NASA History Division sponsors undergraduate and graduate internships both during the school year and summer. A detailed description of these positions and application information is available on our Internship Opportunity web page.

  • Where can I find information about NASA Anniversaries? What happened today in NASA history?

    The NASA History Division maintains a web site at http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/anniv.htm that might prove very helpful to you in your pursuit of anniversary information. Similarly, timelines are available on-line at http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/timeline.html.

If, after reviewing this page and our topical index and Common Topics pages, the answers to your question still elude you, feel free to e-mail us at histinfo@hq.nasa.gov. Please give us two weeks to reply to your question.

Eli Margolis, Author
Steve Garber, NASA History Web Curator
For further information email histinfo@hq.nasa.gov

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