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Submit an image

Use the form below to contribute an image to the Amateur Space Images library. Before you do so, please make sure you (or the person on whose behalf you are submitting an image) have copyright over the image.

Image submission guidelines

Not every image submitted to the Amateur Space Images library will be accepted, to avoid diluting the quality of the database. What criteria are used to determine which ones belong, and which ones don't?

The overarching goal of the Amateur Space Images site is to serve as a database for images that people may want to use as illustrations in presentations, books, blogs, etc. Photos should materially improve upon their source data and do at least one of the following:

  • illustrate a specific named place (e.g. Home Plate, Tycho crater, Kraken Mare, Epimetheus);
  • be a type illustration of a physical feature or process (e.g. conglomerate rock, simple impact crater, storm, eclipse);
  • record an important event (e.g. "first light" image, post-landing images);
  • illustrate or explain a method of image data processing;
  • come from an underutilized/obscure/difficult-to-process data set; or
  • be suitably high-resolution and gorgeous for use as a desktop background, poster, screen saver, etc. (usually, minimum size 1920x1080).

Photos that don't satisfy one of these requirements may be included at the discretion of the editors.

More than one version of the same observation may be included in the database.

Missions that release "raw" JPEG data present a particular problem for the Amateur Space Images database, for two reasons. One: each new day's worth of images is exciting because it is new. In hindsight, though, not every panorama from Mars or photo of Saturn's rings is one that you would want to use as an illustration later. Two: images produced from raw JPEG data inherently have poorer quality than images produced from the science data that is archived later.

So there may be a high rejection rate for Curiosity, Mars Exploration Rover, and Cassini images that were produced from raw JPEGs. If you would like to submit some of these, it would be prudent to contact The Planetary Society before filling out the submission form.

Basic (Required) Information
File to upload:
NOTE: A 10-MB upload worked through this form, but a 34-MB one did not. So we suggest that if your image is larger than 10 MB, you upload a reduced-resolution version here and provide in the caption a link to a place where the larger one may be downloaded.
Your email:
Name of image processor(s):
Title for the image:
Short caption:

One or two sentences with the basic information about the image (what it shows, what spacecraft took it, when). If you run out of space here, continue in the "additional information" box below.

Image credit

Full credit line for both data and processor. If you're not sure about the correct credit for the image data, go to the copyright page for a list. I cannot figure out why the display of this field is so wonky. Working on it.


Select one:

Optional (But Highly Desirable) Information
Data Date That is, the date the original data was acquired. In M/D/YYYY format (sorry to people outside the U.S.; that format is what Convio requires).
Additional information: Please write as much as you can about the image. How was it processed? Using what tools? Can you link to the original data? If you want, you can use simple HTML tags for markup (p, em, strong, and a tags are all safe). It is also OK to provide a link here to a blog entry you may have written about the image.
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