NASA’s Perseverance rover has recorded and sent the first audio from the surface of Mars.
The audio clips were released Monday along with new video footage of the rover when it landed on Thursday.
Audio was captured by two Perseverance-mounted microphones. In one of the clips, you can hear a noise that sounds like wind.
Perseverance successfully landed on the surface of Mars last week, seven months after its launch into space.
Dave Gruel, chief engineer for the rover’s camera and microphone subsystem, said more clips from Mars would arrive as Perseverance continues its mission.
“We are counting on both instruments to record some really amazing sounds from the surface of Mars,” Gruel said, according to NBC News.
Now that you’ve seen Mars, listen to it. Grab some headphones and listen to the first sounds captured by one of my microphones. https://t.co/JswvAWC2IP#CountdownToMars
– NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 22, 2021
“Imagine sitting on the surface of Mars and listening to your surroundings,” Gruel told a news conference. “It’s great. Really neat. Overwhelming, so to speak.”
Last week, NASA released the first color photos of Mars. According to NASA’s Hallie Gengl, the photos are “very high resolution” compared to what has been previously captured by NASA.
– NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 19, 2021