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QUESTION:    How do I get a job at NASA?

    ANSWER:    Chosen as the "Best Place to Work" in the federal government by The Partnership For Public Service. NASA employs scientists, engineers, computer programmers, personnel specialists, accountants, writers, maintenance workers and many, many other kinds of people. To see the different opportunities NASA offers and find job listings, visit NASA Jobs website.

    NASA has plenty of ways for students to join the Agency's mission of exploration. Find out how on the Student Employment webpage.

    For information about employment with other federal government agencies, please visit the OPM website.

QUESTION:    Are the photos on the NASA web site in public domain or copyright protected?

    ANSWER:    The photos are not normally protected by copyright. NASA does not participate in commercial endorsements. Please see the online photo guidelines web site for more information.

QUESTION:    Is it okay to include information from your web site on my web page?

    ANSWER:    Generally, yes. NASA information is in the public domain and can be used on websites for information purposes. Use of NASA information cannot imply a NASA endorsement of any organization, person, or commercial product or service. Except for the NASA logo and seal, agency images may be used on non-NASA websites for non-commercial purposes. Please note that NASA employees, including astronauts and former astronauts, retain the legal right to control the use of their likenesses for commercial use. In addition to obtaining NASA's permission to use its images for commercial purposes, clearances may need to be obtained from individuals within those images.

QUESTION:    How do I get posters, pictures and other NASA information to use in my classroom?

    ANSWER:   NASA educational services are designed to support students, teachers, and faculty in the areas of science, mathematics, and technology. Teachers are encouraged to visit the web site below for instructional material. The online versions of the educational materials may be printed and copied as needed. Also, limited quantities of the published versions may be available through the NASA Educator Resource Center (ERC) that serves your statee. Visit the following website for more educational information:"

QUESTION:    Why not send the next probe to photograph and investigate the famous "face" on Mars?

    ANSWER:   NASA has already determined that the "face on Mars" is a natural landform. NASA's Viking 1 Orbiter spacecraft "photographed" this region in the northern latitudes of Mars on July 25, 1976 while searching for a landing site for the Viking 2 Lander. The speckled appearance of the image is due to missing data, called bit errors, caused by problems in transmission of the photographic data from Mars to Earth. You may view "comparison photos" of the "Face on Mars" taken by Mars Global Surveyor in 1998.

QUESTION:    How do I become an astronaut?

    ANSWER:   According to retired astronaut Charles Bolden "Start with the basics and get them down first…you can't do anything without math and science." The preparation begins in elementary school. It is here that the foundations are laid down and then built upon. For more information on the astronaut candidate program visit the following website:


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QUESTION:   What do astronauts eat when they return from space?

    ANSWER:   Astronauts are not placed on a special diet. In general astronauts are very conscious about being physically fit and they eat healthy foods. They are free to eat anything they would like when they return from space. Please visit the following web site for more information about astronauts:

QUESTION:    Is NASA going to study the effects of space on young teens?

Linda A. Lynch
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