A microphone on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Perseverance Mars Rover on February 20, 2021 has captured the first audio recording of sounds from the Red Planet “Mars.”
“A microphone attached to the rover did not collect usable data during the descent, but the commercial off-the-shelf device survived the highly dynamic descent to the surface and obtained sounds from Jezero Crater on Feb. 20.”
Furthermore, according to NASA, this is the first time a Mars rover has been equipped with a microphone.
“Now that you’ve seen Mars, hear it. Grab some headphones and listen to the first sounds captured by one of my microphones.”
-NASA wrote on Twitter
— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 22, 2021
Sounds from the Red Planet
NASA stated that about 10 seconds into the 60-second recording, a Martian breeze is audible for a few seconds, as are mechanical sounds of the rover operating on the surface.
Sounds From Mars: Filtered Rover Audio (without rover noise)
Sounds From Mars: Original Audio (with rover noise)
Furthermore, a video of NASA’s Perseverance Rover’s descent and touchdown on Mars was released.
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