JEZERO CRATER, MARS—NASA’s most powerful rover yet, the Perseverance, is regularly sending back images from the Red Planet, some of them showing completely unexpected findings including ballot boxes full of thousands of ballots from the 2020 election.
Just like with NASA’s other missions, the photo hub for all Perseverance postcards is the rover’s “raw images” gallery. These images are the unprocessed, raw pictures that are sent directly from the Martian surface, before they are color-corrected or otherwise altered for public release.
“It’s just really bizarre some of the stuff we’re finding in these pictures,” NASA Director Bobba Fett said. “It’s almost like someone was hiding stuff there.”
NASA also periodically collects raw images into panoramas or colorizes them, which provides more context.
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took several pictures of Perseverance landing; its High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HIRISE) camera regularly uploads images to this website. The orbiter may be able to capture more pictures of Perseverance moving around on the surface in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that she will have to circle back around the entire solar system and get back to us about the finding.