Welcome to Stocktrek Images, a stock photography image library specializing in royalty-free images of Earth, the Armed Forces, and Space Exploration.
Our library contains extensive collections of the Solar System, planets, moons, constellations, and planetary systems. We offer a huge collection of Deep Space photos of our universe, nebulae, galaxies, and star clusters. View images from past, present, and future Missions in Space, both manned and unmanned missions, along with the spacecraft, rockets, and shuttles that got us there. We also have a large collection of weather related imagery, including weather conditions, hurricanes, tropical cyclones, typhoons, dust storms, and climate changes. Geographic and topographic areas of land and their physical elements, satellite images of cities and countries around the globe. View stock photos of coordinated military operations around the world from branches of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy. These subjects are described in more detail below:
SOLAR SYSTEM: photos of the Sun and those celestial objects bound to it by gravity
SUN: photos of the Sun, solar flares, sunspots, prominences, sunsets, silhouettes, etc.
PLANETS: photos of celestial bodies within our solar system
MERCURY: photos of the planet and its landscape within the solar system.
VENUS: photos of the planet and its landscape within the solar system.
EARTH: photos of the planet, landscape, weather, and artist’s conceptions
MARS: photos of the planet, landscape, regions, spacecraft, moons, and artist’s conceptions.
JUPITER: photos of the planet, landscape, and artist’s conceptions
SATURN: photos of the planet, its rings, landscape, moons, and artist’s conceptions.
URANUS: photos of the planet and its landscape within the solar system.
NEPTUNE: photos of the planet and its landscape within the solar system.
PLUTO: photos of the planet, landscape, and artist’s conceptions.
ASTEROIDS: small Solar System bodies in orbit around the Sun. Often called minor planets or planetoids.
METEOROIDS: Solar System debris that enters the Earth’s atmosphere. Meteors, Meteor Showers, Shooting Stars, Falling Stars, etc.
PLANETARY SYSTEM: photos and illustrations of non-stellar objects orbiting a star such as planets, dwarf planets, moons, asteroids, meteorids, comets, and cosmic dust.
EXOPLANETS: photos and illustrations of planets beyond our Solar System, orbiting a star other than our Sun. These include Hot Jupiters, Pulsar Planets, Hot Neptunes, and Transiting Planets.
COMETS: Halley’s Comet, Comet Hale Bopp, Tempel 1, Comet Lulin, Comet Pojmanski, Comet C/2001 Q4, Comet 17P/Holmes, etc.
CONSTELLATIONS: Andromeda, Aquarius, Auriga, Camelopardalis, Canes Venatici, Cassiopeia, Coma Berenices, Corona Australis, Cygnus, Eridanus, Fornax, Hercules, Leo, Monoceros, Orion, Perseus, Pisces, Sagittarius, Scorpius, Serpens, Taurus, Triangulum, Tucana, Ursa Major, Virgo, Vulpecula, etc.
MOONS: photos of natural satellites or moons that orbits a planet or smaller body.
MOONS OF EARTH: Earth has only one natural satellite. View stock photos of lunar craters, moon rocks, lunar surface, apollo landings, moonwalks, etc.
MOONS OF JUPITER: Jupiter has 63 confirmed moons. The most massive of the the four Galilean moons, lo, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.
MOONS OF MARS: Mars has two tiny moons, Phobos and Deimos
MOONS OF NEPTUNE: Neptune has thirteen known moons, with the largest being Triton.
MOONS OF PLUTO: Pluto has three known moons, the largest being Charon, and the two smaller moons, Nix and Hydra.
MOONS OF SATURN: Saturn has 61 moons. Some of the more common of Saturn’s moons are Mimas, Enceladus, Tethys, Dione, Rhea, Titan, Hyperion, and Iapetus.
MOONS OF URANUS: Uranus has 27 known moons. Titania and Oberon were the first two to be discovered.
DEEP SPACE: photos of empty regions of the universe in outer space. Interplanetary space, interstellar space, intergalactic space, etc.
NEBULAE: star-forming regions, astronomical objects, interstellar clouds of dust, hydrogen gas, helium gas and plasma
EMISSION NEBULAE: Bubble Nebula, Cave Nebula, Crescent Nebula, Eagle Nebula, Flaming Star Nebula, Flame Nebula, Heart Nebula, Lagoon Nebula, Omega Nebula, Orion Nebula, Pacman Nebula, Pelican Nebula, Rosette Nebula, Lagoon Nebula, Tarantula Nebula, Trifid Nebula, NGC 6357, etc.
PLANETARY NEBULAE: Cats Eye Nebula, Dumbbell Nebula, Helix Nebula, Owl Nebula, Ring Nebula, etc.
SUPERNOVA REMNANTS: Crab Nebula, Witch’s Broom Nebula, Veil Nebula, NGC 2736, etc.
H II REGIONS: Eta Carinae Nebula, Lagoon Nebula, Large Magellanic Cloud, Orion Nebula, Pelican Nebula, Rosette Nebula, Tarantula Nebula, etc.
REFLECTION NEBULAE: Cocoon Nebula, Iris Nebula, Flaming Star Nebula, Orion Nebula, Trifid Nebula, NGC 1333, NGC 1977, NGC 1999, NGC 2068, NGC 2170, etc.
DARK NEBULAE: photos of the Horsehead Nebula, molecular clouds, star formation, bok globules, etc.
GALAXIES: consists of stars and stellar remnants, multiple star systems, star clusters, and interstellar clouds.
SPIRAL GALAXIES: Andromeda Galaxy, Triangulum Galaxy, Pinwheel Galaxy, Sombrero Galaxy, Splinter Galaxy, Sunflower Galaxy, Whirlpool Galaxy, Messier 61, Messier 74, Messier 81, Messier 106, NGC 1275, NGC 1300, NGC 7331, NGC 4013, NGC 5921, NGC 6946, NGC 7331, IC 342, etc.
BARRED SPIRAL GALAXIES: Messier 95, NGC 1097, NGC 1300, NGC 1365, NGC 2903, NGC 1313, NGC 4565, NGC 4921, etc.
ELLIPTICAL GALAXIES: Messier 32, Messier 87, NGC 4486, etc.
IRREGULAR GALAXIES: NGC 4449, NGC 1427A, etc.
STARS: star types and stellar classification
EVOLUTION: star formation, star-birth, planetary nebula, protoplanetary nebula, wolf-rayet stars, supernova, hypernova.
PROTOSTARS: molecular clouds, bok globules, young stellar objects
REMNANTS: white dwarf stars, neutron stars, pulsars, magnetars, stellar black hole, black dwarf.
FAILED STARS: brown dwarf, planetar
GALAXY GROUPS AND STAR CLUSTERS
GLOBULAR CLUSTERS: star clouds that orbit a galactic core; Milky Way, Andromeda, Messier 87, Omega Centauri, 47 Tucanae, Messier 13, etc.
OPEN CLUSTERS: star clouds found in spiral and irregular galaxies where active star formation occurs; Supergiants, Pleiades, Double Cluster, Wild Duck Cluster
GALAXY GROUPS: Abell 2151, the Leo Triplet, Markarian's Chain
NGC OBJECTS: one of the largest catalogues of deep sky objects in astronomy. Known as the New General Catalogue (NGC).
WEATHER: stock photography and satellite views of meteorological phenomena.
AURORAS: northern lights, aurora borealis, southern lights, aurora australis, polar lights, star trails, etc.
CLIMATE: weather conditions, atmospheric conditions, climate changes, satellite images etc.
STORM SYSTEMS: hurricanes, tropical cyclones, typhoons, dust storms, floods, satellite images, etc.
LANDSCAPES: photos of the visible features of an area of land, including physical elements, such as landforms, elevation maps, weather conditions, mountain ranges, volcanic activity, satellite images, etc
DESERT LANDSCAPES: Baja California, Sahara, Iraq, The Rub' al Khali, Taklamakan Desert. topographic views, satellite views, etc.
EUROPE LANDSCAPES: France, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, United Kingdom, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Caspian Sea, Caucasus Mountains, the Alps, Pyrenees, topographic views, satellite views, etc.
UNITED STATES AND CANADA LANDSCAPES: The Great Lakes, United States East Coast, Southeastern United States, Rock Mountains, central and western United States, New England and the Arctic, topographic views, satellite views, cities, etc.
LATIN AMERICA LANDSCAPES: The Caribbean, Costa Rica, Amazon Rainforest, Andes Mountains, Patagonia, Chaiten Volcano, etc.
AFRICA LANDSCAPES: Egypt, Sahara Desert, Madagascar, Mediterranean Sea
ASIAN LANDSCAPES: Japan, China, Persian Gulf, Aral Sea, Caspian Sea, Himalaya Mountains, etc.
ARCTIC LANDSCAPES: cloud vortices, icebergs, Antarctica, arctic circle, north and south poles, etc.
SPACECRAFT AND MISSIONS IN SPACE: photos of past, present, and future spaceflight. Manned and unmanned spaceflight missions, space probes, robotic spacecraft, space shuttles, satellites, space stations, space observatories, and telescopes used for communications, earth observation, planetary exploration, navigation, and space tourism.
APOLLO: photos of the moon, lunar activity, astronauts, lunar roving vehicles, lunar landings, etc.
CASSINI: photos and illustrations of the robotic spacecraft orbiter, Saturn and its moons.
GLAST: a space observatory named the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope used to perform gamma-ray astronomy observations from low Earth orbit.
HUBBLE: photos of the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit around Earth.
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION : a research facility in low Earth orbit.
LUNAR RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER: photos and illustrations of the unmanned robotic spacecraft orbiting the Moon.
MARS EXPLORATION ROVER: photos and illustrations of the robotic spacecraft exploring the Martian surface and geology.
MARS ODYSSEY: photos and illustrations of the robotic spacecraft orbiting the planet Mars.
MARS RECONNAISSANCE ORBITER: photos and illustrations of the multipurpose spacecraft orbiting the planet Mars.
MARS SCIENCE LABORATORY: photos and illustrations of the rover known as Curiosity exploring the planet Mars.
MERCURY: a series of reconnaissance satellites
MESSENGER: photos and illustrations of the Mercury Surface Space Environment Geochemistry and Ranging probe, the environment and characters of the planet Mercury.
OCEAN SURFACE TOPOGRAPHY MISSION: photos and illustrations of the international Earth observation satellite and ocean topography.
PHOENIX: photos and illustrations of the robotic spacecraft Mars lander during its space exploration of the planet Mars.
SHUTTLE RADAR TOPOGRAPHY MISSION: photos of topographic features and landscapes of the Earth, and digital elevation models.
SKYLAB: photos and illustrations of the first space station in orbit around Earth.
SOFIA: photos of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy aircraft, the airborne telescope.
SOYUZ: photos of the series of spacecraft designed for the Soviet space program.
SPACE SHUTTLE: photos of the American Space Shuttle program and human spaceflight missions, shuttle launches, extravehicular activity, space shuttle Atlantis, Columbia, Discovery, and Endeavour.
SPITZER: photos of the infrared space observatory Spitzer Space Telescope.
TERRA: photos and illustrations of a multi-national scientific research satellite in orbit around the Earth.
VOYAGER: a series of unmanned space missions that consist of a pair of unmanned scientific probes, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2.
MILITARY OPERATIONS: coordinated military actions of both combat and non-combat types, with uses of the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard, such as Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, etc.
FIXED WING AIRCRAFT
ATTACK AIRCRAFT: close air support aircraft to ground forces; A-10 Thunderbolt II, AC-130, AV-8 Harrier II, etc.
BOMBERS: long range aircraft capable of striking targets deep with enemy territory; B-1 Lancer, B-2 Spirit, B-52 Stratofortress, etc.
CARGO TRANSPORT: used to deliver troops, weapons and other military equipment; C-2A Greyhound, C-5 Galaxy, C-17 Globemaster III, C-23 Sherpa, C-130 Hercules, C-130J Super Hercules, CV-22 Osprey etc.
ELECTRONIC MISSION: electronic warfare aircraft designed to report critical information; E-2 Hawkeye, E-3 Sentry, E-8C Joint STARS, EA-6B Prowler, etc.
FIGHTER AIRCRAFT: small, fast, and maneuverable military aircraft primarily used for air-to- air combat; F-15 Eagle, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Hornet, F/A-18 Super Hornet, F-22 Raptor, etc.
MULTI-MISSION UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles): primarily surveillance aircraft, but some are fitted with weaponry; MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper, BQM-74 Chukar, etc.
RECONNAISSANCE: used for monitoring enemy activity; RC-135 Combat Sent/Rivet Joint, RQ-4 Global Hawk, etc.
SEARCH AND RESCUE (Help): used for search and rescue on land; HC-130 Hercules.
TANKER, KEROSENE: the USAF's aerial refueling aircraft, an essential part of the Air Force's global mobility; KC-10 Extender, KC-135 Stratotanker
TILTROTOR AIRCRAFT: speed, range and vertical lift capability; V-22 Osprey
UTILITY AIRCRAFT: an all-around use aircraft; UH-1N Iroquois, etc.
ROTARY WING AIRCRAFT
ATTACK HELICOPTERS: helicopters designed to transport men and cargo and also be armed with missiles, rockets or machine; AH-1 Cobra, AH-64 Apache, Agusta A129, Mi-8 Hip.
COMBAT SEARCH AND RESCUE HELICOPTERS: highly modified transport helicopters fitted with electronic defense systems and navigation aids; HH-60 Pave Hawk, HH-60 Sea Hawk, MH-47 Chinook, MH-53 Pave Low III, MH-60 Pave Hawk, MH-60 Black Hawk, MH-60 Knight Hawk.
MARITIME HELICOPTERS: naval choppers that protect the fleet by hunting submarines and surface vessels with high-tech sensors, torpedoes and depth charges: KA-27 Helix, SH-2 Seasprite, SH-3 Sea King, SH-60 Sea Hawk, MH-60 Sea Hawk.
TRANSPORT HELICOPTERS: CH-46E Sea Knight, CH-47D Chinook, CH-53E Super Stallion.
UTILITY HELICOPTERS: UH-1N Twin Huey, UH-60 Black Hawk, OH-58D Kiowa.
ARMOURED FIGHTING VEHICLES
ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIERS: light armoured fighting veicles for the transport of infantry; Stryker, M113, Amphibious Assault Vehicle, LAV-25, Pandur.
INFANTRY FIGHTING VEHICLES: an APC which allows the infrantry to fight from inside, and can provide fire support; M2/M3 Bradley.
LIGHT ARMORED VEHICLES: Stryker Vehicles, High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV, HUMVEE).
MAIN BATTLE TANKS: a tracked APC designed for front-line combat. M1 Abrams, M48 Patton, M60 Patton, Leopard 1, Leopard 2, Chinese Type 99.
MINE PROTECTED VEHICLES: RG-31 Nyala, Buffalo, Cougar.
SELF-PROPELLED ARTILLERY and ANTI-AIR: high mobility vehicles usually mounted on racked or wheeled chasis, used for long-range indirect bombardment; assault guns, howitzers, tank destroyers, M109 Paladin.
NAVAL VESSELS AND WARSHIPS: ammunition ships, combat stores ships, command ships, container ships, fleet replenishment oilers, submarine and special warfare support vessels, rescue and salvage ships, hospital ships, high-speed vessels.
AIRCRAFT CARRIERS: warships which serve as a seagoing airbase deploying and recovering aircraft; USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), USS Ronald Reagan, USS Carl Vinson, etc.
AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIPS: a type of helicopter carrier capable of Vertical/Short Take- Off and Landing, contains a well deck to support use of Landing Craft Air Cushion and other watercraft; USS Essex, USS Bataan, USS Peleliu, USS Kearsarge, etc.
BATTLESHIPS: a heavily armored warship with a main battery consisting of large caliber guns; USS Iowa, USS Missouri, USS Wisconsin, USS Texas, etc.
CRUISERS: a large type of warship and surface combatant designed to attack enemy merchant vessels and carry out reconnaissance roles, the most common being guided missile cruisers; USS Lake Erie, USS Mobile Bay, USS Monterey, USS Cowpens, etc.
DESTROYERS: a fast and maneuverable warship intended to escort larger vessels in a fleet, convoy, or battle group. Modern destroyers are known as guided missile destroyers; USS Winston S. Churchill, USS Barry, USS Donald Cook, USS Benfold, etc.
MILITARY SEALIFT COMMAND: the use of cargo ships for the deployment of military assets, such as weaponry, military personnel, and material supplies. Military Sealift Command controls the replenishment and military transport ships such as dry cargo freighters, liquid tankers, and passenger ships.
SUBMARINES: watercraft capable of independent operation below water. These include attack submarines, ballistic missile submarines, nuclear attack submarines, reconnaissance submarines; USS Honolulu, USS Los Angeles, USS Albuquerque, USS Louisville, USS Albany, etc.
SUPPORT AND AUXILIARY VESSELS
Hospital Ships: a ship designated for primary function as a medical treatment facility or hospital; USNS Comfort, USNS Mercy.
Patrol Boats: a small naval vessel designed for coastal defense duties; Patrol Boat Riverine, Patrol Boat Light, Rigid-hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB), etc.
Replenishment Ships: a naval auxiliary oiler ship with fuel tanks and dry cargo holds which can replenish other ships while underway at sea; USNS Yukon, USNS Bridge, USNS Supply, etc.
RIFLES & CARBINES
Kalashnikov AK-47: a selective fire, gas operated 7.62 mm assault rifle.
Diemaco C7: the Colt Canado C7 rifle is a service rifle variation of the M16 rifle.
M16 Assault Rifle: a lightweight, 5.56 mm, air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed assault rifle.
M4 Carbine: a 5.56 mm, air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed assault rifle with selective fire options including semi-automatic and three-round burst.
M21 Sniper Weapon System (SWS): a 7.62 mm semi-automatic sniper rifle adaptation of the M14 rifle.
M24 Sniper Weapon System (SWS): the military version of a Remington 700.
M40 Sniper Rifle: a bolt-action sniper rifle with three variants; the M40, the M40A1, and the M40A3.
M82A1A & M82A3 & M107 Sniper Rifles: a recoil-operated, semi-automatic anti-materiel rifle.
Browning M2HB (Heavy Barrel): a .50 caliber heavy machine gun.
FN MAG: a Belgian 7.62 mm general purpose machine gun.
FN Minimi: a Belgian 5.56 mm light machine gun.
M60: a 7.62 mm general purpose machine gun.
M240: a family of belt-fed, gas-operated 7.62 mm medium machine guns.
M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW): a gas-operated, air-cooled, 5.56 mm light machine gun.
PK & PKM General Purpose Machine Gun: a 7.62 mm general purpose machine gun.
MINES, HAND GRENADES & GRENADE LAUNCHERS
Land Mine: an anti-tank and anti-personnel weapon.
Arges Type HG-84: a highly lethal Austrian-design plastic hand grenade used for anti-personnel purposes.
M67 Hand Grenade: a fragmentation hand grenade, often referred to as the C13.
Smoke Grenade: a canister-type grenade used as ground-to-ground or ground-to-air signaling devices, target or landing zone marking devices, or a screening device for unit movements.
M203 Rifle-Mounted Grenade Launcher: a single shot 40 mm grenade launcher that attaches to an assault rifle.
Mk 19 Automatic Grenade Launcher (Mark 19): a belt-fed automatic 40 mm grenade launcher or grenade machine gun.
M32 Multiple Grenade Launcher: a lightweight 40 mm semi-automatic, 6-shot grenade launcher.
M29: a United States produced 81 mm calibre mortar.
M224: a smooth bore, muzzle-loading, high-angle-of-fire 60 mm lightweight mortar weapon.
M252 Extended Range Mortar: a smooth bore, muzzle-loading, high-angle-of-fire 81 mm medium weightmortar weapon.
M198 155 mm Medium Howitzer: a medium-sized, towed artillery piece.
M777 155 mm Lightweight Howitzer: a towed artillery piece.
HIMARS: the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System is a U.S. light multiple rocket launcher mounted on a truck.
M136 AT4 Rocket: a portable one-shot anti-tank weapon.
Should-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon (SMAW): a portable, anti-armor, shoulder-launched rocket launcher.
FGM-148 Javelin: a portable, anti-tank guided missile.
FGM-172 Predator Short-Range Assault Weapon: a lightweight, close range missile system.
BGM-71 Tube Launched, Optically Tracked, Wire Guided (TOW) Missile Weapon System: an anti-tank guided missile.
FIM-92 Stinger: a portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile.
RPG-7 Anti-Tank Rocket Propelled Grenade: a portable, shoulder-launched, anti-tank rocket propelled grenade weapon.
GAU-8/A Avenger: a 30 mm, hydraulically-driven seven-barrel Gatling-type rotary cannon mounted on the United States Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II.
GAU-16/A: a .50 caliber machine gun defensive armament system
M230 Chain Gun: a 30 mm, single-barrel automatic cannon mounted on the AH-64 Apache helicopter.
Mark 7: a 16-inch/50 caliber naval artillery gun of the Iowa-class battleships.
Mark 38 (Mk 38): a 25 mm machine gun system.
Mark 45 (Mk 45): a 5-inch/54-caliber lightweight naval artillery gun mount used against surface warships, for anti-aircraft use and shore bombardment.
GBU-12 Paveway II: a laser-guided bomb with a nose-mounted laser seeker and fins for guidance.
GBU-16 Paveway II: a laser-guided bomb with laser seeker and wings for guidance.
GBU-27 Paveway III: a laser-guided bomb with bunker buster capabilities.
GBU-39 Small-Diameter Bomb: a 250 pound guided bomb.
M117: an air-dropped general-purpose bomb.
Mark 82 (Mk82): a 500 pound, unguided, low-drag general-purpose bomb (dumb bomb).
Mark 83 (Mk83): a 1000 pound low-drag general-purpose bomb.
AGM-65 Maverick: an air-to-ground tactical missile.
AGM-84 Harpoon: an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile system.
AGM-88 HARM: a tactical, air-to-surface, high-speed anti-radiation missile.
AGM-114 Hellfire: a multi-platform, multi-target modular missile system.
AIM-7 Sparrow: a medium-range semi-active radar homing air-to-air missile.
AIM-9 Sidewinder: a heat-seeking, short-range, air-to-air missile.
AIM-54 Phoenix: a radar-guided, long-range air-to-air missile.
AIM-120 AMRAAM: Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM).
Arrow Interceptor: a theater missile defense system built to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles.
BGM-109 Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM): a long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile.
Mistral: an infrared homing surface-to-air missile.
RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-3): a ship based anti-ballistic missile used by the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System.
Torpedo: a self-propelled explosive projectile weapon, launched above or below the water surface.
Hydra 70: a family of 70 mm Wrap-Around Fin Aerial Rockets (WAFAR).
MILITARY EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING
Awards & Decorations: military awards, medals and badges given to military personnel or units to signify rating, qualification, accomplishment, heroism in battle or distinguished service. Fleet Marine Force Warfare Specialist pin, The Purple Heart, Legion of Merit, etc.
Military Uniforms: standardized dress worn by members of the armed forces and para-militaries of various nations. Blue Dress Uniform, Army Combat Uniform.