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.
With just a few clicks, these wonderful NASA images are everywhere on the Internets. But if you think even a few clicks is too much work accessing these brilliant images, NASA now has you hooked up.
In case you – like me until tonight – 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. Not much more can be said on this topic, so just go wade through the NIX database yourself. If you see something you'd like to keep for personal use, it is cool, just don't use the images commercially, so suggests the NASA copyright police:
NASA still images, audio files and video generally are not copyrighted. You may use NASA imagery, video and audio material for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits and Internet Web pages. This general permission extends to personal Web pages. If the NASA material is to be used for commercial purposes, especially including advertisements, it must not explicitly or implicitly convey NASA's endorsement of commercial goods or services.So go NIX yourself, download some of the coolest desktop images ever, just be smart and don't EVER misuse the photos, period. Stealing photos for commercial use is, well, stealing. 'Nuf said on that.