Audio – which is “Snap Snap?” More like “Pew Pew!” – This is the first sound recording of a laser that affects a rock target on Mars. Whatever the rovers do to generate clouds of evaporated rock, it can analyze the composition of the suite use of their instruments, including cameras and spectrometers. Perseverance has achieved another milestone in a short time on the Red Planet: the first recording of a laser scattering on Mars. No, it is not a rover imagining space warfare, or curiosity to reign supreme over the planet’s tiny robotic population. It is for science, jumping the rock with lasers!
In the audio released by NASA, you hear 30 consecutive words, somewhat louder than the others, in quick succession Perseverance’s SuperCam drives the laser, which can reach a distance of 7 meters (23 feet) on March 2 or Soul 12 (a Martin’s day). In this case, the target was a rock called Máaz, the Navajo sound of Mars about 3.1 meters (10 feet) away. The rover’s super-cam instrument uses microphones, cameras and spectrometers to examine the rock and soil, searching for organic compounds that could provide evidence of ancient life on Mars.
Differences in the sound of the zaps also tell us about the physical structure our rocks, such as their density, hardness, whether they coated – something that analyst’s chemical compositions cannot tell us on their own. Chalk, limestone and marble all have the same chemical composition. Perseverance is the first Mars rover equipped with a microphone, which means it can record travel to Mars like no other, opening up possibilities for what we can learn about the Red Planet.
Not only did we hear the sound of the rover (marching to Mars by 2020) on its way to Mars, it recorded the first audio from another planet while landing. Now, NASA has also released the first peak sound of the wind on Mars. 22nd February or Soul, as recorded, the mic is located at the top of the super cam mast as the audio explodes slightly, and the mast was still down at this point.
However, being able to hear the sound of the wind shaking while looking at the incredible first images of the rover in the Maria landscape, we are going to experience standing on Mars for a while. Perseverance is currently exploring a section of the Jezero Crater, which the team named Canyon de Chelly after a national monument on the Navajo land in northeastern Arizona. It has been testing some of its instruments since taking the first test drive on Tuesday last week, but it has yet to start the science sincerely. Its first major task was to find a suitable area for the invention of the helicopter, the first helicopter drone to test another Earth-powered aircraft.