The microphones on board the rover did not send any usable data from the landing – but later sent the first ever recorded sound recordings from the surface of Mars, it said. Among other things, something can be heard on them that sounds like a gust of wind. New photos were also published.
“Now that you’ve seen Mars, hear it. Grab a pair of headphones and listen to the first noises that were picked up by one of my microphones, ”says the rover’s Twitter account, affectionately known as“ Percy ”. “We finally have a front row view of what we call the” seven minutes of terror “on the Mars landing,” enthused Watkins. What is meant is the time in which the spacecraft has to brake sharply in order to be able to set down the rover safely on the neighboring planet on earth, using a parachute, among other things.
The small “Ingenuity” helicopter on board the rover had previously sent its first status report to the control center in Pasadena, California – and according to NASA experts, it appears to be “working perfectly”. “Ingenuity” (in German: ingenuity) is still attached to the underside of “Perseverance”, where it is currently being charged. But in 30 to 60 days the helicopter is supposed to explore Mars from a bird’s eye view. It would be the first flight of an aircraft over another planet.
Search for life
The rover “Perseverance”, weighing around 1,000 kilograms and the size of a small car, landed on Thursday – after 203 days of flight and 472 million kilometers – with a risky maneuver in a dry lake called “Jezero Crater”. “Perseverance” will investigate this lake with a diameter of around 45 kilometers over the next two years.
The development and construction of the roughly 2.5 billion dollar (about 2.2 billion euros) rover had taken eight years. He is supposed to search for traces of earlier microbial life on Mars and to research the climate and geology of the planet. “Perseverance” is already the fifth rover that NASA has brought to Mars – the last time “Curiosity” arrived there in 2012. Overall, however, not even half of all Mars missions launched worldwide have so far been successful.