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All of the images presented on NSSDC’s Photo Gallery are in the public domain. As such, they may be used for any purpose. NSSDC does ask, however, that you acknowledge NSSDC as the supplier of the data. In addition, where the source of the image (by project or as a specific person) is credited in the text, you should also acknowledge that, too.
Or see NASA’s copyright guidelines page.
HST images are generally OK for non-commercial use. But see their copyright page.
Students and Educators
It is always OK to use our text and NASA’s images for classroom projects. A link back to Nineplanets.org is sufficient as a reference citation.
Those with some legal expertise may wish to examine the extensive Copyright Law Materials from the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell Law School.