Perseverance has finally reached Mars. The rover reached the orbit of the Red Planet last week and its landing went off without a hitch. A new success for NASA, in short.
But precisely, during the weekend, many people shared a video supposedly captured by one of the rover's cameras, an impressive video that included ... a tape -his. Alas, it is totally wrong and it is actually a simple edit.
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Perseverance, you might know, doesn't stake everything on its cameras.
When a supposed video of Perseverance makes millions of views
The rover is indeed embarkingt many different instruments, but above all, it has a microphone on board. For the first time in its history, NASA will therefore be able to record the sounds of the planet's environment.
Yes, it's not a joke, we will be able to listen to Mars.
This weekend, several people have published a video taken by a Martian rover, a video including a soundtrack. Sounds supposed to come from the red planet. Not surprisingly, the video goes viral very quickly. It has been seen more than 25 million Twitter, at least its original version, and it has also been massively relayed on Facebook.
A small detail wrong
But there you go, this sequence does not come from Perseverance. In fact, it was shot by Curiosity, another NASA rover, a rover that has been on the Red Planet since 2012 and has no microphone. The sound was indeed added on top of the video.
The worst part is that it is enoughcarefully watch the end of the sequence to uncover the rose pot. In the last image, you can indeed read the letters “C”, “U”, “R”, “I”, “O” and “S” at the bottom left. You don't have to be a hangman expert to know that they don't really fit the name Perseverance.
That said, there is still a positive lesson to be learned: the number of views produced by the video shows that there is now a real public appetite for space science.