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NASA Perseverance rover sends back first sounds from Mars: Hear them here


NASA's Perseverance rover traveled to Mars equipped with microphones to capture its descent and landing, and the environment of the Martian surface. While the system didn't manage to capture audio to go along with the stunning video of the descent and landing, one of the microphones on Perseverance has sent back sounds from the surface of the red planet.

The brief audio sample, which can be heard in the embedded video clip above, features the whirring sounds of the rover operating, punctuated by a brief gust of wind.

It's faint and short, but chilling nonetheless to get a whole new type of sensory data from our neighboring planet for the first time in human history.

Mission team members told reporters Monday they look forward to using Perseverance's microphones to hear more wind, storms, perhaps falling rocks and the sound of the rover's wheels crunching over ...


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