Exclusive : NASA releases first audio from Mars, Video of Perseverance rover landing

The high-definition video clip, lasting three minutes and 25 seconds, shows the deployment of a red-and-white parachute with a 70.5-foot-wide (21.5-meter-wide) canopy.

Exclusive : NASA releases first audio from Mars, Video of Perseverance rover landing
Exclusive : NASA releases first audio from Mars, video of Perseverance rover landing

The U.S. space agency NASA on Monday released the primary audio from Mars, a faint crackling recording of a gust of wind captured by the Perseverance roverNASA also released the primary video of last week's landing of the rover, which is on a mission to look for signs of past life on the Mars.

A microphone didn't work during the rover's descent to the surface, but it had been ready to capture audio once it landed on Mars."What you hear there 10 seconds in is an actual wind gust on the surface of Mars picked up by the microphone and sent back to us here on Earth," said Dave Gruel, lead engineer for the camera and microphone system on Perseverance.

The high-definition video clip, lasting three minutes and 25 seconds, shows the deployment of a red-and-white parachute with a 70.5-foot-wide (21.5-meter-wide) canopy.It shows the warmth shield dropping away after protecting Perseverance during its entry into the Martian atmosphere and therefore the rover's touchdown during a cloud of dust within the Jezero Crater just north of the Red Planet's equator.

The high-definition video clip, lasting three minutes and 25 seconds, shows the deployment of a red-and-white parachute with a 70.5-foot-wide (21.5-meter-wide) canopy.It shows the warmth shield dropping away after protecting Perseverance during its entry into the Martian atmosphere and therefore the rover's touchdown during a cloud of dust within the Jezero Crater just north of the Red Planet's equator.

"This is that the first time we've ever been ready to capture an occasion just like the landing on Mars," said Michael Watkins, director of NASA's reaction propulsion Laboratory, which is managing the mission.Jessica Samuels, Perseverance's surface mission manager, said the rover was operating needless to say thus far and engineers were conducting an intensive check of its systems and instruments.

"I am happy to report that Perseverance is healthy and is constant with activities as we've been planning them," Ms. Samuels said.She said the team was preparing for a flight by the rover's small helicopter drone dubbed Ingenuity."The team remains evaluating," she said. "We haven't locked during a site yet."

Ingenuity will attempt the primary powered flight on another planet and can need to achieve lift in an environment that's only one percent the density of Earth's.

Its prime mission will last just over two years but it's likely to stay operational well beyond that. Its predecessor Curiosity remains functioning eight years after landing on Mars.Over the approaching years, Perseverance will plan to collect 30 rock and soil samples in sealed tubes to be sent back to Earth sometime within the 2030s for lab analysis.

About the dimensions of an SUV, the craft weighs plenty is provided with a seven-foot-long robotic arm, has 19 cameras, two microphones and a set of cutting-edge instruments.Mars was warmer and wetter in its distant past, and while previous exploration has determined the earth was habitable, Perseverance is tasked with determining whether it had been actually inhabited.

It will begin drilling its first samples in summer, and along the way it'll deploy new instruments to scan for organic matter, map chemical composition and zap rocks with a laser to review the vapor.One experiment involves an instrument which will convert oxygen from Mars'primarily CO2 atmosphere, very similar to a plant.