The U.S Space giant NASA released the first audio from the Red Planet. A faint sound of wind getting recorded as an audio. It was captured by the Perseverance Rover. NASA also managed to capture the first video of the landing of the rover on Mars.
The microphone that was attached to the satellite did not work during the landing. The rover did manage to capture audio once it landed on Mars.
How did Perseverance contribute to NASA in reaching the Red Planet?
The NASA Engineers played a 60-second recording. Dave Gruel was the lead engineer for the camera and microphone said, “What you hear there in10 seconds is an actual wind gust on the surface of Mars picked up by the microphone and sent back to us here on Earth.
The High definition video clip lasted for three minutes and 25 seconds. The video shows the formation of a red and white parachute with a 70.5 foot wide which was a 21.5-meter wide canopy.
The video captures the heat shield falling away after it protected Perseverance when it entered the Martian atmosphere and managed to touch down inside a cloud of dust in the Jezero Crater just north of Mars equator.
Michael Watkins, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who managed the mission said, “This is the first time we have ever been able to capture an event like the landing on Mars, these are really amazing videos.”We binge-watched them all weekend.”
NASA’s associate Thomas Zurbuchen who is the administrator for science said about the video that “The closet you can get to land on Mars without putting on a pressure suit”.
Jessica Samuels who is Perseverance’s surface mission manager said “The Rover was operating as expected so far and engineers were conducting an intensive check of its systems and instruments.
Perseverance launched on July 30, 2020. It will collect 30 rock and soil samples in sealed tubes to be sent back to earth in 2030 for lab analysis.
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