NASA’s Perseverance rover recorded the first audio clips recorded on the surface of Mars and is beaming back to Earth’s red planet

The first audio of its kind was released on Monday, along with some exceptional new footage of the rover as it dismounted and landed last Thursday.The images are some of the most sophisticated images captured of Mars to date, offering never-before-seen views of the rover approaching its landing site

Thomas Zurbuchen, assistant administrator for NASA’s directorate of science missions, said the new images and audio files are “the best way to land on Mars without putting on a pressure suit””

The audio clips were recorded by two microphones mounted on Perseverance.In one case, a faint hum can be heard in the background, which, according to Dave Gruel, chief engineer for Perseverance’s camera and microphone subsystem, comes from the rover itself But about 10 seconds later the microphone picked up the low growl of a gust of wind and marked the first sounds that were picked up from the surface of Mars

“Imagine you are sitting on the surface of Mars and listening to the environment,” Gruel said in a press conference on Monday. “It’s cool, really overwhelming, if you will”

Gruel added that the rover will continue to pick up sounds from Mars as the Perseverance mission begins. “We’re counting on both instruments to pick up some really amazing sounds from the Martian surface,” he said

The newly released footage contained views from several different cameras, including three on top of the vehicle that recorded the spaceship as it plunged through the Martian atmosphere

Two other cameras of the rover documented decisive phases of the descent: the deployment of the parachute of the spacecraft, the dropping of the protective cover and a celestial crane that lowers the stamina to the ground Another camera at the bottom of the rover took breathtaking shots of the bleak, rust-colored terrain of Mars until the wheels of the rover hit the ground

The videos offer a rare first-person glimpse of what it’s like to settle on the surface of another planet. As the Perseverance rover approaches its landing site in Jezero crater, the onboard cameras recorded spectacular footage of the dunes filled, crater-marked view of Mars on

“It is unlikely at this point in my career that I will pilot a spaceship to the surface of Mars, but when you see these images you will feel like you can get a glimpse of what it would be like to succeed with perseverance to land in Jezero Crater, “said Matt Wallace, assistant project manager for the Perseverance mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Perseverance rover landed on Mars 18 on February 18, successfully completing one of the most difficult landing maneuvers ever attempted in NASA history

Jessica Samuels, systems engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said the rover has performed well so far, and NASA will be reviewing the spacecraft’s various instruments and uploading new flight software over the next few weeks to allow the rover to travel on the surface and collect data

The wagon-sized robot explorer was designed to roam the surface of Mars looking for signs of ancient microbial life. During its two-year expedition, the rover will also collect samples of Martian rocks and sediments that will be returned to Earth on subsequent missions will be

The rover’s landing site, the Jezero Crater, is a 45 km wide basin north of the Martian equator Scientists believe that the region was home to an ancient river delta billions of years ago

Gruel said mission leaders were delighted with the first images bounced back from Perseverance, saying the rover had more than 23000 pictures taken, more than 30 gigabytes of information, as he descended to the surface of Mars

“People jumped up and down and were dizzy and excited,” said Gruel. “It was a great feeling”

And this early premium from Perseverance is just a preview of what might be in stock, said Zurbuchen

Denise Chow is a reporter for NBC News Science focusing on general science and climate change


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