Home » Arts and Entertainment » Photography

NASA's NIX Database Offers Some of the Best Space Photography

Apr 13, 2008
There is no disputing the fact that NASA produces the finest space imagery on the planet...or should I say...above the planet? We've all seen their work, it is sheer photographic beauty, captured by the finest equipment out there, from a vantage point only NASA's astronauts can occupy.

Over the years, NASA's astronaut photographers have always been on the "cutting edge" of photography, using the latest and greatest equipment available. In the recent past, a partial list of camera equipment used on Space Shuttle missions and by the astronaut inhabitants of the International Space Station include 127mm Linhofs, 70mm Hasselblads, 70mm Maurers, 127mm Skylab S190Bs, 70mm Rolleiflexes, 35mm Nikons (film), 35mm Ansco Autosets, and Sony HDW-700 High-definition Television Cameras along with many models of Kodak and Nikon digital cameras.

Their imagery has always been available in various locations on the web, and with a little work, these wonderful NASA images provide a look into the mysteries of space. But if you think even a few clicks is still too much work to access these brilliant images, NASA now has you hooked up with NIX.

In case you have never heard of the NASA Image eXchange, or NIX, here are the details.

NIX is a web-based search engine for searching one or more of NASA's many online multimedia collections. NIX searches return thumbnail sized images, textual descriptions, image numbers, links to higher resolution images, and links to the organization that stores each image. The NIX service is an initiative sponsored by the NASA STI Program, meant to link the many existing photo databases in NASA.

A few of the endless categories of images available include Aeronautics, Aircraft, Devices, Education, Facilities, People, Projects, Solar System and beyond, Space Flights and Wind Tunnels. If you see something you'd like to keep for personal use, it is allowed according to NASA's copyright policy.

In a nutshell, NASA's still images, audio files and video generally are not copyrighted. Anyone can use NASA imagery, video and audio material for educational or informational purposes to produce photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits, photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits and personal Internet web pages. But while they are making their images so readily available via the NIX search engine, you may never use the NASA material for commercial purposes, and it shall never explicitly or implicitly convey any endorsement of commercial goods or services by NASA

But for personal use, these wonderful photos are yours for the taking. A look at the NIX FAQ page says that the "recommendation for printing photos is to download the highest resolution image available to your local computer and then use either a web-based photo printing service or a local store that can print digital photos."

So go NIX yourself, download some of the coolest desktop images ever, just be smart and don't EVER misuse the photos, period. While at times it might be tempting to use such vibrant images for personal gain, anyone viewing NASA images must follow their copyright policy strictly, because stealing photos for commercial use is, well, stealing.
About the Author
Author Dan Pimentel is a private pilot, writer, photographer and owner of an
advertising agency
that specializes in the aviation market sector. He is also an active blogger, posting often about aviation issues at his blog, World of Flying.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 286
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources