There are spacecraft and rovers at work right this moment collecting data on planets, moons and other solar system bodies. These sophisticated instruments are beaming back data to Earth on a nearly daily basis. Much of that data would not be easy for most of us to interpret but the images they send back give us visual information about our solar system that we can all enjoy at some level.
If you have followed my blog you know that I shared many images of Mars with you. Those images have all been downloaded from publicly available databases. The most recent NASA missions have made their images available almost immediately and so are available to the public if you know where to look. Your tax dollars are at work here and so it is our data which is why much of the data collected is made available for everyone to see and share. Other data collected is held for analysis but ultimately even that data is made available for the general public.
Even after many years of watching these missions unfold I still love the thrill of looking at what images today will bring. On Mars every turn the rover makes brings a new landscape into view which no human has every laid eyes on before. I like the feeling that I am one of the first to “see” it on my screen.
Below are some links to website where you can find the raw images as they are streamed to Earth. Check them out and discover the excitement of seeing something new every day.