Listen to the Mars wind blow in these 1st sounds from the Perseverance rover
The recording, which features mechanical whirring from the Perseverance rover and the rustle of a Mars breeze, is the first true audio ever captured on the surface of Mars.
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These sounds are truly otherworldly.
NASA's Perseverance rover recorded 60 seconds of Martian sound on Saturday (Feb. 20), just two days after its picture-perfect touchdown inside Jezero Crater. The newly released file, which features mechanical whirring from the rover and the rustle of a Red Planet breeze, is the first true audio ever captured on the surface of Mars.
"Really neat — overwhelming, if you will," Dave Gruel, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California, said during a news conference on Monday (Feb. 22). The audio was unveiled during that briefing, as was jaw-dropping video Perseverance captured during its Feb. 18 entry, descent and landing (EDL).