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Out-Of-This-World Audio Recorded By Mars Rover

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NASA has made the first-ever recording of the sounds of Mars. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.

Click on the audio to hear the sounds of Mars:

The Perseverance rover landed on Mars on Thursday and it’s recorded both video and sound from the surface of the Red Planet. Dave Gruel of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory released the audio at a press conference. He told the audience, "I invite you now to, if you would like, close your eyes and just imagine yourself sitting on the surface of Mars and listening to the surroundings," before playing the sounds.

The hum is the sound of the rover itself. With that noise filtered out, gentle wind gusts become clear.

Gruel appeared momentarily speechless after playing the audio. "That's just really cool," he said. "Really neat. Overwhelming, if you will."

The Perseverance rover will search for signs of ancient microbial life on Mars and collect rock samples for a future mission to bring back to Earth.

Find the rover's recordings here: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/multimedia/audio/

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Melissa joined KNAU's team in 2015 to report on science, health, and the environment. Her work has appeared nationally on NPR and been featured on Science Friday. She grew up in Tucson, Arizona, where she fell in love with the ecology and geology of the Sonoran desert.
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