NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover Sends Back First Ever Sound From Mars
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NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover has sent back the first audio recording from the red planet, marking another incredible milestone for the project. You can listen to it below - stick around to the end to hear the red planet with the background noise of the Perseverance rover removed.
As you have probably seen, the USA's space agency recently plonked down an incredibly technologically advanced and important bit of kit onto the surface of the next planet along in our solar system.
Well, ever since then we've been getting regular updates from the surface of Mars at it begins it's mission, which could even result in the discovery - or at least some decent indication - that there used to be life on Mars.
Until we discover what the deal is with that, other pieces of significant news have started to roll in.
For instance, have you ever wondered what the planet actually sounds like?
Well, now is your chance, because for the first time ever the sound of a Martian breeze has been captured and beamed back to our tiny planet.
Interestingly enough, given the amount of kit fixed to the Perseverance Rover, it was an ordinary 'commercial off-the-shelf device' that managed to record the sounds, according to NASA.
They said: "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.
"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."
Pretty cool, huh?
Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk added: "For those who wonder how you land on Mars - or why it is so difficult - or how cool it would be to do so - you need look no further,
"Perseverance is just getting started, and already has provided some of the most iconic visuals in space exploration history. It reinforces the remarkable level of engineering and precision that is required to build and fly a vehicle to the Red Planet."
As for what happens now, the rover has already started to perform checks on the instruments in order to start making weather observations, and will continue to send back images.
In the coming days, we should start to see 360 images of the Jezero Crater that the machine has landed in.
Those will be the highest resolution looks we've had so far at what is to come from Perseverance.
NASA's website reads: "A key objective of Perseverance's mission on Mars is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. The rover will characterize the planet's geology and past climate, pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith.
"Subsequent NASA missions, in cooperation with ESA (European Space Agency), would send spacecraft to Mars to collect these sealed samples from the surface and return them to Earth for in-depth analysis.
"The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission is part of NASA's Moon to Mars exploration approach, which includes Artemis missions to the Moon that will help prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet."