Nothing inspires like images of space exploration. The Pale Blue Dot continuously captures our hearts and “Earthrise” is likely the most famous picture ever taken. Seeing the final frontier has some important, almost magical effect on us. It’s great news then, that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk just made everything that his company has and will see of the void public.
Last week, SpaceX made a great step forward in making sure that the company will take its place among the great photographers of space by moving all its images into the public domain. However, those images couldn’t be used in any commercial respect. It was an admirable move, as the NASA-funded company had no obligation to do so. Many thought it wasn’t far enough, and seemingly because of a single tweet, Elon agreed.
@elonmusk Why not just public domain? What is there to lose?
— Pandoomic (@Pandoomic) March 21, 2015
@Pandoomic Just changed them to full public domain
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 21, 2015
The SpaceX official Flickr page is now populated with over 100 images all fully in the public domain. You can put the images on your blog, tweet them, remix and edit them, and even use them for commercial purposes (as long as all images are properly attributed).
It means that you can look wide-eyed at a few of the photos released at the bottom of the page.
But it also means that we are totally free to do this:
The more you Musk.