How long does it take to receive pictures from Mars? When the Phoenix takes pictures on the surface, how long does it take for the pictures to get to us on Earth?
Mars is now 1.5288 AU from Earth .Pictures are send by radio signals.
Phoenix communicate to earth through Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter which in orbit around Mars.
Light travels through vacuum at speed of 300,000 kilometer/second.
1 AU=149000000 kilometers.
so aproximately 12 minutes at this distance.