NASA broadcasts first audio of Mars taken by the Perseverance rover (+ video)

The object sent the audio of what a landing on Mars sounds like. Photo EFE

The US space agency NASA released the first audio from Mars on Monday, a slight sound of wind caught by the Perseverance rover.

NASA also released the first video of the rover's arrival on the red planet.

A microphone stopped working during the descent, but the rover was able to pick up audio once it was stopped on the surface.

The rover Perseverance aired a video about the landing on Mars. AFP photo

NASA engineers played a small audio clip that they said responds to a gust of wind on Mars.

"What you hear there in 10 seconds is a real gust of wind on the surface of Mars picked up by the microphone and sent back to Earth," said Dave Gruel, lead engineer for Perseverance's camera and microphone system.

On the other hand, the high definition video, which lasts 3 minutes and 25 seconds, shows the deployment of the parachute and the landing of the rover in the Jezero crater in the middle of a cloud of dust.

"These are really amazing videos," Michael Watkins, director of NASA's jet propulsion laboratory, said in a conference call with reporters.

"It is the first time that we have been able to capture an event such as the arrival on Mars."

A series of photos of the Martian topography was sent by the rover. Photo EFE

Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate science administrator, said the Perseverance descent video is "the closest you can get to landing on Mars without donning a pressure suit."

Jessica Samuels, the Perseverance mission chief on the Martian surface, said the rover was operating as expected.

"I am happy to report that Perseverance is in good health and continues with activities as planned," he said.

Samuels indicated that a flight was being prepared in the rover's small helicopter, although he clarified that "the team is still evaluating" and that "we have not yet secured a site."

Perseverance was launched on July 30, 2020 and landed on the red planet last Thursday.

AFP

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