NASA’s most advanced Mars rover to date, Perseverance, regularly sends images from the Red Planet to Earth, and those with a keen interest in Mars 2020 can satisfy their curiosity with a special library of raw images from the rover, where at the time of this writing, almost 6 thousand images have been published (their number is growing rapidly and steadily).
This photo center is a gallery of raw images from different rover cameras that are sent from Mars and published sequentially by time of receipt without any color correction or other processing procedures. From time to time NASA collects panoramas from some of the received images, carries out color and other processing. It is these images that the public usually sees in the press, because they are already prepared for public viewing and, as a rule, are described by specialists. A gallery of such images is published on a separate mission page.
By the way, there NASA, for example, published the first high-resolution circular panorama shot with the Mastcam-Z (stereo camera with zoom support). It is stitched together from 142 separate images taken on the third Mars mission day, February 21, 2021. Those interested can download it in full resolution in compressed JPEG format (52 MB) or in uncompressed TIFF (610 MB).
The fragment of this circular panorama clearly shows the edge of the Jezero crater, inside which the rover landed:
And in another fragment, NASA specialists drew the public’s attention to a piece of weathered rock, adding a scale ruler to make it clearer what details Mastcam-Z can capture:
Photos taken from orbit by the HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera on board the MRO (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) spacecraft are also posted on a special page. In the coming weeks, many interesting pictures are expected on it, which, among other things, will capture the “Perseverance” moving along the surface of Mars.
The Mars 2020 mission can also be tracked on social media across a variety of channels. Here are just a few examples that relate to NASA or the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which is responsible for the operation of rovers. Channel Perseverance Image Bot Twitter automatically posts new raw images.
Another noteworthy resource is from Kevin Gill, a software engineer at JPL. In his spare time, he processes images of Perseverance and other missions, posting his results to Flickr and Twitter…
You can also follow the mission on the official rover channels in Twitter or Facebook. Planetary scientist Emily Lakdawalla, formerly of the Planetary Society, has published informative thread on how to stay on top of the rover.
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