Close up of Jupiter's swirling clouds.

NASA’s Juno spacecraft was a little more than one Earth diameter from Jupiter when it captured this mind-bending, color-enhanced view of the planet’s tumultuous atmosphere. Citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran processed this image using data from the JunoCam imager. Image credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran

Several solar system exploration missions routinely publish raw, unprocessed images taken by cameras aboard robotic spacecraft. Unlike most pictures that appear on NASA web sites, these images are not validated or calibrated, and often lack captions and other information to provide context.

What these images do provide is a timely first look at the places where the spacecraft are currently exploring, and a chance for anyone to follow along with missions events almost as soon as they happen.

Following are places to find raw images:

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter - Earth's Moon
wms.lroc.asu.edu/lroc/thumbnails
Mars Curiosity Rover - Mars
mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/
Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity - Mars
mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/opportunity.html
Juno - Jupiter
https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam/processing
Cassini - Saturn (Archive - Mission Completed)
saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/photos/raw/
New Horizons - Pluto and Beyond
pluto.jhuapl.edu/soc/Pluto-Encounter/index.php

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