A few days have passed since NASA's last Mars rover, Perseverance, landed on the Red Planet and now we know what it sounds and looks like up there.
Surprisingly, it doesn't sound like the intense metal on Mick Gordon's Doom soundtrack, nor does it look like the game's hellish landscapes full of demons. That's because, in fact, it sounds like the wind blowing and looks like hills and craters of red earth. Perseverance landed last Friday and NASA released almost four minutes of footage of the spacecraft's landing, including the first views of the Red Planet.
NASA also released a ton of images of Perseverance, ranging from bright red photos of the planet below the rover to images of parts of the rover itself. You can check a selection of these below.
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Perseverance is NASA's first Mars rover to be equipped with a microphone, which is why we can now hear the sounds of Mars. However, he mainly picked up the sounds of himself moving around the planet.
"This set of sounds from the surface of Mars was recorded by the microphone on the side of NASA's Perseverance Rover on February 20, 2021," says a NASA post . "In the first set, the sounds of the rover itself dominate. In the second set, the sound was filtered to make the sounds of Mars more audible. You can hear a little wind in the second set."
You can listen to the two audio clips via NASA's post . As you will hear, the original audio mostly sounds like a high-pitched buzz with just a hint of wind. NASA cleaned up the original audio to filter out the noise that Perseverance is making, which is the high-pitched buzz, and sounds like the wind blowing through the microphone.An artistic version of Perseverance on Mars, Photo credit: NASA
Perseverance successfully landed on Mars last Friday and its mission is to look for signs of habitable conditions for life on Mars and also to look for signs of past microbial life. It is not only equipped with a microphone to let NASA and the world know what it sounds like on Mars, but it is also equipped with a special drill that will collect samples of rocks and soil on the Red Planet that will eventually be brought back to Earth in a future mission.
Check out this story about Perseverance's landing last week including a full timeline of how the mission went, and then read about how dust storms on Mars glow purple with electrical sparks . You may also want to check out this story about how research is trying to turn the red planet green after that .
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and creator of guides for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes .