This The story is part of Welcome to Mars , our series exploring the red planet.
NASA 's The Perseverance rover has visited Mars equipped with microphones to capture its descent and landing, as well as the Martian surface environment. While the system failed to capture the audio to accompany the video breathtaking from descent and landing, one of Perseverance's microphones returned sounds from the surface of the red planet.
The brief audio sample, which can be heard in theThe video clip embedded above, shows the roaring sounds of the rover in operation, punctuated by a brief gust of wind.
It 's weak and short, but frightening nonetheless, to obtain a whole new kind of sensory data from our neighboring planet for the first time in human history. Science
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Mission team members told reporters on Monday that they look forward to using Perseverance's microphones to hear more wind, storms, perhaps waterfall. stones and the sound of the rover's wheels cracking on the rocks or its drill cracking the Martian surface.
In addition, sound could become a new tool to listen to the sounds of the rover itself to analyze the operation of its components and possibly diagnose any problems.
The members of theThe Perseverance team also warn that the microphones will not last forever due to the extreme conditions on Mars, including freezing temperatures, dust and radiation.
However long they last, we look forward to the sequel to our first interplanetary audio drama.
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