NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover has sent back the very first audio recording from Mars, marking another incredible milestone for the project!
As you’ve probably seen, the USA’s space agency recently plunked down an extraordinarily technologically advanced and important bit of kit onto the red planet and we’ve been getting regular updates since.
The mission aims at discovering or indicating that there used to be life on Mars, which is why we’ve been seeing footage and hearing the audio, capturing the sound of a Martian breeze for the first time in history.
According to NASA, ‘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.’
— National Geographic (@NatGeo) February 23, 2021
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’.
Meanwhile, the rover has started to perform checks on the instruments in order to start making weather observations whilst sending back images. Currently, we’re expecting 360 images of the Jezero Crater.
Scan this image for the various pieces of my landing system, which did their jobs perfectly before coming to rest on Mars. Teams of experts poured years of work into each one. My safe landing is what tells you they nailed it.https://t.co/g1QIh0xIqZ
📷: @HiRISE#CountdownToMars pic.twitter.com/2QoFWhKXQr
— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 22, 2021
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, paving the way for human exploration of the Red Planet, and be the first mission to collect and cache Martian rock and regolith.’
We look forward to seeing what else the rover manages to unearth!