LISTEN: NASA rover sends back first sounds ever recorded on Mars
Gentle wind and a robotic hum might not sound like much to celebrate but those were the first sounds ever recorded on Mars taken by NASA’s Perseverance rover after landing on another world. NASA released the first few recordings taken by the rover that landed on the red planet Thursday following a 300-million-mile journey. “We can sit here now and actually tell you that we have recorded sound from the surface of Mars,” Gruel said after playing one of those recordings. “We actually have gotten requests from instrument teams wanting to turn on the microphone to observe their instrument functioning,” Maki said. Similar to hearing something wrong with mechanics on Earth, NASA teams could do the same on mars.
NASA is about to land the first tiny helicopter on Mars
Members of the NASA Mars Helicopter team inspect Ingenuity, inside the Space Simulator, a 25-foot-wide vacuum chamber at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, on Feb. 1, 2019. Nicknamed Ingenuity, the 4-pound tiny chopper is actually a test mission for NASA. Following the 300-million-mile journey and frightful landing on Mars, Ingenuity will be released from the rover’s under carriage for a short term-mission unrelated to its ride Perseverance. The Mars Helicopter Delivery System holds the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter to the underside of Perseverance. “The Ingenuity Mars helicopter has been fully tested, as much as we can on Earth, we have test flown it and we have tested for environment and next is time to demonstrate proof and learn how it operates at Mars,” NASA JPL Ingenuity project manager MiMi Aung said.