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Where to find the latest Mars photos from NASA's Perseverance rover

A raw image of the Martian surface below the Perseverance rover captured on Feb. 24, 2021, the fourth day of the mission.
A raw image of the Martian surface below the Perseverance rover captured on Feb. 24, 2021, the fourth day of the mission. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA's most powerful rover yet is regularly sending back images from the Red Planet, and you can stay updated on the latest snapshots from the Perseverance rover.

Just like with NASA's other missions, the photo hub for all Perseverance postcards is the rover's "raw images" gallery (opens in new tab). These images are the unprocessed, raw pictures that are sent from the Martian surface, before they are color-corrected or otherwise altered for public release.

NASA also periodically collects raw images into panoramas or colorizes them, which provides more context. The full gallery of these altered pictures is here (opens in new tab). These are also the pictures you tend to see at news conferences and in Space.com stories, since they have been made a little prettier for public consumption.

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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took several pictures of Perseverance landing; its High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HIRISE) camera regularly uploads images to this website (opens in new tab). The orbiter may be able to capture more pictures of Perseverance moving around on the surface in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

Of course, you can also keep track of what's going on with the mission on social media. Mentioning every Twitter, Instagram or Flickr feed that plays with rover images would be an epic task, so we'll just concentrate on a couple of examples that focus (again) on NASA or NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which houses rover operations.

The Perseverance Image Bot (opens in new tab) on Twitter regularly posts new raw images, offering great reminders to revisit the NASA gallery. Another great resource comes from Kevin Gill, who officially works as a software engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory; in his free time, Gill processes images from Perseverance and other missions, posting the incredible results to a Flickr page (opens in new tab) and to Twitter (opens in new tab).

Also make sure to follow the NASA Perseverance mission's social media feeds, which provide constant updates on all of the rover's activities — including the prettied-up images for public consumption. You can follow the mission on Twitter (opens in new tab) or on Facebook (opens in new tab); NASA also has numerous social media feeds (opens in new tab) where you may see a few Percy images mixed in with other things. 

Knowing when to look for images could be a full-time job in itself, but luckily, planetary scientist Emily Lakdawalla (formerly of the Planetary Society) posted an informative Twitter thread (opens in new tab) about how to stay on top of the rover's work. 

Simply put, most rover activity tends to happen between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time on Mars, which is the warmest time of the day. To relay imagery, the rover also has to be within sight of MRO, the usual orbiter to send images to Earth, although that varies too. Since "Mars time" runs on a 24-hour, 37-minute "Earth day" must be taken into account, the upload timing varies — but Lakdawalla's thread points you to the best time to take a look.

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022. She was contributing writer for Space.com (opens in new tab) for 10 years before that, since 2012. As a proud Trekkie and Canadian, she also tackles topics like diversity, science fiction, astronomy and gaming to help others explore the universe. Elizabeth's on-site reporting includes two human spaceflight launches from Kazakhstan, three space shuttle missions in Florida, and embedded reporting from a simulated Mars mission in Utah. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science since 2015. Her latest book, Leadership Moments from NASA, is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday.