Perseverance records the first ever sounds from Mars

Perseverance records the first ever sounds from Mars

Mon, 04/04/2022

Press release, Publication

Publication of LGL-TPE in Nature on April 1st, 2022. CNRS press release on April 1st, 2022.

NASA's Perseverance rover, which has been surveying the surface of Mars since February 2021, has for the first time recorded the acoustic environment of the Red Planet. An international team1 led by an academic at the University of Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier and including scientists from the CNRS  –  notably the LGL-TPE Laboratory of Geology of Lyon: Earth, Planets, Environment  – and ISAE-SUPAERO, carried out an analysis of these sounds, which were obtained using the SuperCam instrument built in France under the authority of the French space agency CNES.  Their findings are published on 1st April 2022 in Nature.

See CNRS Press release

SuperCam instrument
The SuperCam instrument on the Perseverance rover. The red arrow indicates the microphone. It is only 3.4 cm long and weighs a mere 13 grams!  © NASA, JPL-Caltech 

Listen to the first sounds from Mars

Reference : In situ recording of Mars soundscape. S. Maurice, B. Chide, N. Murdoch, R. D. Lorenz, D. Mimoun, R. C. Wiens, A. Stott, X. Jacob, T. Bertrand, F. Montmessin, N. L. Lanza, C. Alvarez-Llamas, S. M. Angel, M. Aung, J. Balaram, O. Beyssac, A. Cousin, G. Delory, O. Forni, T. Fouchet, O. Gasnault, H. Grip, M. Hecht, J. Hoffman, J. Laserna, J. Lasue, J. Maki, J. McClean, P.-Y. Meslin, S. Le Mouélic, A. Munguira, C. E. Newman, J. A. Rodríguez Manfredi, J. Moros, A. Ollila, P. Pilleri, S. Schröder, M. de la Torre Juárez, T. Tzanetos, K. M. Stack, K. Farley, K. Williford, and the SuperCam team. Nature, April 1st, 2022.