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Photos.com Increases Stock Photo Subscription Offering to 40,000 Images
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New site quickly becomes the largest subscription service in the stock images market
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Photos.com Image Count Climbs To 40,000
 
"In just 85 days, we've doubled the number of photos on our site,” states Peter Gariepy, President of ArtToday.com, Inc. "Now we have thousands of subscribers, and the promise of more great content on the way.
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ArtToday.com, Inc., a leading Internet provider of high-quality graphics, announces a 200% content increase on Photos.com, its subscription-based stock photography website.

Photos.com subscribers now have download access to an additional 20,000 premium-grade, royalty-free stock photographs, for a total count of 40,000. The increase gives users an even greater opportunity to find the images they need.

"In just three months, we've doubled the number of photos on our site," states Peter Gariepy, President of ArtToday.com, Inc. "Now we have thousands of subscribers, and the promise of more great content on the way.

"By constantly adding quality royalty-free photographs, Photos.com continues to increase in value not only for design professionals, but for corporate, educational, governmental, and home-based consumers as well. Our charter is to continually add more high-quality content, making us the largest and most cost-effective subscription stock photo service online."

Every photo is available in three formats -- high resolution (print size 6" x 8" at 300 dpi), medium resolution (print size 3" x 4" at 300 dpi), and multimedia resolution (print size 8.5" x 11" at 72 dpi) -- giving users the flexibility to download the right image for any job. Users can subscribe for one week ($49.95), one month ($99.95), six months ($249.95), or one year ($399.95).  Every subscription provides total access to the Photos.com collection.

ArtToday will add new images to Photos.com every month, selecting them from the best publishers in the industry to ensure consistently high quality.  In addition, the company is working diligently to bring several new types of content to the site, including photo objects and layered PSD files.

Photos.com currently offers a wide variety of image categories, such as Business, Medical, Food, Technology, People, and Travel, in styles that range from contemporary to traditional.  The site also provides the only high-end stock photography affiliate program available on the web, using trusted industry affiliate management leader Commission Junction and yielding commissions of up to $59.99 per one-year membership sold through its affiliates. Potential affiliates can learn more at http://www.photos.com/en/company/affiliates/.

Media representatives may receive a complimentary one-week subscription to evaluate the Photos.com site and product offering.  Please contact  for details.

More about ArtToday.com, Inc.
ArtToday.com, Inc. has been in the graphic-content publishing business since 1988. Originally a software company, ArtToday shifted its focus to the Internet in 1996, offering online subscriptions for clipart, web graphics, photos, and fonts. Since then, the company has developed a network of design-oriented websites that provide graphics users with royalty-free content at affordable prices.  These sites include ClipArt.com (www.clipart.com), Graphics.com (www.graphics.com), FlashComponents.com (www.flashcomponents.com), and others.  ClipArt.com is the largest subscription-based graphics resource on the web, with more than 2,500,000 clipart images, animations, photos, fonts, and sounds.

More information about ArtToday can be found at http://www.clipart.com/Main/company/general/
 
 
 

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Space Shuttle Launch Guide
http://www.decaturco.k12.in.us/space/sslaunchguide.html

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: Education Program
http://education.llnl.gov/

Shuttle Orbiter Columbia (OV-102)
http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/resources/orbiters/columbia.html

Space Shuttle Launch Images
http://www.sworld.com.au/steven/space/shuttle/images/

NASA Human Space Flight Program
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/

NASA Home Page
http://www.nasa.gov/home.html

http://www.howstuffworks.com/space-shuttle.htm
http://story.news.yahoo.com/fc?cid=34&tmpl=fc&in=Science&cat=Space_Shuttle
 For journalists working on the Space Shuttle disaster, we have put
together
a list of resources at http://www.ire.org/inthenews.html
 There are at least 13 stories in our Resource Center about the Space
Shuttle
that might be of assistance. You can see the complete list of resources on
our "In the News" page. We will update this page as the story develops.

 We also are reviewing relevant data in our data library. Keep in mind
 that the Space Shuttle is refurbished by contractors from around the
country. IRE
 Members may find the Federal Contractors database at
http://notes.ire.org/cfic/fpds/index.html.  From this data, the staff has
assembled a special database on Shuttle contractors, which can be ordered
from the library at (573) 884-7711.

And if I may add a site I found helpful.
http://www.nauts.com/
It has a pretty accurate listing of Columbia's previous flights.

I was having a hard time finding info on NASA's website and found the following elsewhere:

            http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/spacestats.html (includes stats on fatalities)

            http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts107/030201columbia/radarimage.html
            has radar image of debris field and links to data on mission

Trying to find your way around the NASA site due to the tragedy is a challenge.

            Here are a few direct links that could save you some time.

            STS 107 Press Kit (I've been able to reach the site)
            157 Pages .pdf
            http://www.shuttlepresskit.com/STS-107/STS-107_SPK.pdf

            Kennedy Space Center, Media Handbook
            http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/media/handbookpdf

            STS-107 Overview, Bios
            http://ftp.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/missions/sts-107/mission-sts-107.html

            STS-107 Media Archive (Photos)
            http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=12

            Shuttle Photo Archive
            http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/media/shuttlephoto.htm

            STS-107 Mission Page (From Eurpean Space Agency)
            http://www.spaceflight.esa.int/users/file.cfm?filename=miss-sts107-over
 

            STS-107 (Research Mission)
            http://virtualastronaut.jsc.nasa.gov/107/107.html

Carolyn Edds
Research Director
IRE Resource Center
138 Neff Annex
Missouri School of Journalism
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-6668
(573) 884-8151 (fax)
carolyn@ire.org
 

http://www.awesomelibrary.org/Classroom/Science/Astronomy/Space_Stations_and_Shuttles.html
 

** Resources for the Columbia Disaster

I normally don't provide events-based information/coverage,
but with Columbia I feel compelled to make an exception.
Some places you can get information/ background on the
Columbia disaster:

NASA Human Spaceflight Site -- http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/

Yahoo's Coverage -- http://tinyurl.com/58lv

Google News Search for "Shuttle Columbia," Sorted by Date --
http://tinyurl.com/5929

CNN Coverage --
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/shuttle/index.html

Coverage from the Journalists' Toolbox:
http://www.journaliststoolbox.com/newswriting/science.html

Extensive Coverage from Poynter.org:
http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=19214

Dmoz.org Directory for Columbia Accident --
http://tinyurl.com/592u

Coverage from FloridaToday.com:
http://www.floridatoday.com/columbia/index.htm

Infographics Related to Disaster:
http://www.nixlog.com/index.php?id=P15_0_1_0

Academic Info Page -- http://www.academicinfo.net/astroshuttle.html

Space.com: Shuttle Missions
http://www.space.com/shuttlemissions/
The Columbia disaster investigation continues with updates, shuttle archives, and FAQs.

CNN.com: Science and Space
http://www.cnn.com/TECH/space/
Explore the latest space news. Use NASA Web cams, Video, Space Calendars, and read the
Special Report.

NASA Human Spaceflight
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov
Everything you need to know about NASA's human spaceflight efforts lives at this site. The
categories include news, the International Space Station, space shuttles, Mars, gallery,
and history.

NASA Space Shuttle Launches
http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/missions/missions.html
This site has organized information for each shuttle mission, including Shuttle Manifests
and links to astronaut biographies.

Selection and Training of Astronauts
http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/academy/astronauts/training.html
Find out how astronauts are chosen for the space program and the rigorous training
requirements.
 

Given the blanket of media covering the Columbia shuttle disaster, the best thing we can do is
                            point you to some primary sources. NASA's Columbia Web site has links to practically all the
                            information the agency is releasing. That info and NASA's daily teleconferences (available
                            online via NASA TV) are basically the fodder that the media is digesting and passing on to the
                            public. While you can find many places from which to follow the press coverage, we
                            recommend the Space.com archive for completeness and clear organization. The general tone
                            of worldwide editorial opinion is probably best reflected in the collection of editorial cartoons
                            about the tragedy at Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonist Index. A fantastic independent
                            resource is a FAQ, continually updated, set up by the folks who inhabit the sci.space.shuttle
                            and sci.space.history Usenet newsgroups. For a first-rate technical background on the shuttle,
                            see the "Development of the Space Shuttle" books in our book recommendations, below.
                            NASA Columbia: http://www.nasa.gov/columbia/
                            NASA TV: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/
                            Space.com: http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/sts107_storyarchive.html
                            Cagle: http://cagle.slate.msn.com/news/ShuttleColumbia/main.asp
                            FAQ: http://www.io.com/~o_m/columbia_loss_faq_x.html
 

 Lost: Space Shuttle Columbia
      CNN presents a special report on the loss of the
      space shuttle Columbia's flight STS-107 and its seven crew
      members on February 1, 2003. The coverage includes
      information on the shuttle's past launches and milestones,
      the final contact and communication moments with mission
      control, and the resulting investigation that followed.
      Related crew information, photo galleries, and audio and
      video clips augment the news coverage.
      http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/shuttle/
      Subjects: Columbia (Spacecraft) -- Accidents...
      Created by jh

  Pictures, Israel, Events: Space Flight
      A directory of links related to Colonel Ilan Ramon, an Israeli
      astronaut, who died when the Columbia Space Shuttle
      crashed on February 1, 2003. Includes links to official
      biographies, news articles, speculation about when
      Sabbath starts in space, and an essay about Col. Ramon's
      mother, a Holocaust survivor.
      http://www.jr.co.il/pictures/israel/history/space.htm
      Subjects: Ramon, Ilan...
      Created by kgs

  Shuttles Are the Work Horses from Outer Space
      This collection of information and links captures the
      essence of a space shuttle's work responsibilities, stories
      and histories, and past, current, and future ventures, plus
      the background and components of the U.S. shuttles
      Atlantis, Columbia, Discovery, Endeavour, and Challenger.
      Additionally, it includes a video of the space shuttle
      Challenger explosion in 1986 and more. From Space Today
      Online.
      http://www.spacetoday.org/SpaceShuttles.html
      Subjects: Space shuttles
      Created by jh

  Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster Coverage:
  Resources, Story Ideas and More
      The site is designed for news reporters and editors, and
      contains up-to-the-minute coverage of the space shuttle
      Columbia disaster on February 1, 2003. Includes links to
      various news agencies' coverage, local authorities,
      information on the crew members, graphics, radar images,
      historical information, and a list of science experiments
      conducted during the flight, as well as the Rogers
      Commission report on the Challenger explosion in 1986.
      This site is an invaluable resource for journalists and
      laypeople alike.
      http://www.poynter.org/content/content_view.asp?id=19160
      Subjects: Space shuttles...
      Created by sek

  Spaceflight Now
      This space news site reports on breaking news (e.g. the
      Columbia flight STS-107 tragedy), current and future shuttle
      missions, and launch schedules, plus related space
      activities, archived news, and current video clips. Don't
      miss the spectacular photo gallery at Features which looks
      back on 100 dramatic shuttle launches.
      http://spaceflightnow.com/
      Subjects: Space shuttles...
      Created by jh