This is the first ever recorded audio capturing what Mars sounds like.
Perseverance took in the extraordinary sights and sounds of the distant planet as it made a nail-biting landing.
The NASA rover filmed as it touched down in the ‘seven minutes of terror’ finale to its 300million mile journey.
Then, in a first-of-its-kind clip, the craft collected audio of a Martian breeze after making the epic controlled landing on the red planet.
Perseverance, an intergalactic space lab about the size of a car, is equipped with 25 cameras and two microphones.
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They were all switched on to capture Thursday’s incredible descent.
The microphone later captured the extraterrestrial soundscape, and the noise of the rover itself as it got to work millions of miles from Earth.
NASA released the first audio clips from Rover’s journey to Jezero Crater this week, following spectacular footage chronicling the spacecraft’s hurtling journey to the planet
The rover’s onboard cameras filmed as it slowed down and parachuted onto the surface.
NASA explained the video starts 7 miles (11km) above the surface, – “showing the supersonic deployment of the most massive parachute ever sent to another world” – and and ends with the rover’s touchdown in the crater.
One of the microphones attached to the rover did not collect usable audio during the descent.
But it survived the crucial descent described by space agency scientists as the final ‘seven minutes of terror’, then collected the new sounds from Jezero Crater on February 20.
The 60-second recording captures a Martian breeze for the first time, NASA has confirmed.
About ten seconds in, the wind is audible for a few seconds, as are the mechanical sounds of the rover operating on the surface.
The mission also released the first panorama of the rover’s landing location on Monday, taken by two navigation cameras located on its mast.
A video released earlier captured the point about 230 seconds after the spacecraft entered Mars upper atmosphere at speeds of 12,500 mph (20,100 kph).
It captures the parachute opening, and generating the thousands of pounds of force needed to slow the craft as it made its entry.
“Now we finally have a front-row view to what we call ‘the seven minutes of terror’ while landing on Mars,” said Michael Watkins, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, which manages the mission for the agency.
“From the explosive opening of the parachute to the landing rockets’ plume sending dust and debris flying at touchdown, it’s absolutely awe-inspiring.”
The video also captures the heat shield dropping away after protecting Perseverance from scorching temperatures as it breaks through the atmosphere.
Then, 80 seconds and 7,000ft (2,130m) later, the cameras capture the rover’s sky scrane manouevre.
Its rocket engines kicked up dust and small rocks that NASA says have likely lain undisturbed for billions of years.
“This video of Perseverance’s descent is the closest you can get to landing on Mars without putting on a pressure suit,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science.
“It should become mandatory viewing for young women and men who not only want to explore other worlds and build the spacecraft that will take them there, but also want to be part of the diverse teams achieving all the audacious goals in our future.”
The rover is the fifth to ever land on Mars.
Perseverance there, along with helicopter Ingenuity, to investigate whether life ever existed on Mars.
They are exploring an area of Jezero scientists know was the site of a large lake 3.5 billion years, complete with its own delta.
They believe that while the water may be long gone, somewhere within the crater, or maybe along its 2,000-foot-tall (610 metre) rim, evidence of past life may be waiting to be found.
The world is watching in awe as scientists say discoveries made by the rover could eventually pay the way for human visits to Mars.
The rover will collect samples to bring back to Earth to analyse for evidence the planet was once hospitable enough to support some form of life.
- Listen to NASA’s Mars playlist here – and record clips of your own voice to hear what you would sound like on the planet.