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NASA rover "Perseverance": This is what the sounds of Mars sound like

2021-10-20T19:58:34.973Z

Put on headphones and off into space: NASA has published all previous sound recordings from the current Mars rover expedition. Everything the research vehicle has recorded on the Red Planet - here in the video.



Read the video transcript here


NASA video


“We installed two microphones on the Mars rover“ Perseverance ”.

These microphones are the first of their kind ever to be used on Mars. "

The US space agency NASA has released unique sound recordings made by the Mars rover "Perseverance" on its research mission.

The vehicle is equipped with a microphone on the mast, which rotates with the camera movements, and a second, fixed microphone on the vehicle body.

Justin Maki, Nasa Scientist


»Sounds on Earth and Mars sound different.

On earth, noises have a sound pattern that is very rich in overtones.

You can hear several frequencies, which gives the sound a nice depth of sound.

On Mars, the atmosphere attenuates many of the higher frequencies.

So you hear rather low frequencies.

The sound is much more isolated and muffled. "

And by now you should put on headphones - and concentrate on life on Mars.

The first sound recordings were made in February, and NASA has published recordings of wind phenomena on the planet:

Wind noise on Mars

And this is what it sounds like when the Mars rover rolls over the rocks of the red planet with its metal wheels:

Plate: Driving noises of the Mars rover "Perseverance"

For the analysis of rock samples, the Martian rock is bombarded with a laser.

At the same time, high-resolution images of the properties of the samples are created.

And this is how it sounds:

Mars rocks are bombarded with laser

The rover was able to record one of his research colleagues back in May: The first audio recordings were made that a spacecraft on another planet has ever made of another spacecraft.

The historical sound is here:

The flight of the Mars helicopter "Ingenuity"

Nina Lanza, NASA scientist


»We all know these wonderful images from Mars.

But having the right tone for it is almost like being there with you. "

The conclusion of the researchers from the recordings: The sounds on Mars have significantly more bass than on Earth - and the sound carries over longer distances.

Also important: the scientists can use the sound recordings to draw conclusions about the quality of their own measuring instruments - which are millions of kilometers away from Earth.

Source: spiegel

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