First Sounds from the Red Planet “Mars” Captured by NASAFebruary 23, 2021
The first audio recording of sounds from the surface of the Red Planet “Mars” has been captured by a microphone attached to NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover on February 20, 2021.
First Sounds from Mars
Original Audio (with rover noise)
Filtered Rover Audio (without rover noise)
According to NASA, “a microphone attached to the rover did not collect usable data during the descent, but the commercial off-the-shelf device survived the highly dynamic descent to the surface and obtained sounds from Jezero Crater on Feb. 20.”
Furthermore, NASA said that this is the first time a Mars rover has been equipped with a microphone.
NASA added that “about 10 seconds into the 60-second recording, a Martian breeze is audible for a few seconds, as are mechanical sounds of the rover operating on the surface.”