NASA shared the sounds captured from the earliest moments of willpower on Mars as part of a large number of photos and audio downloads from the red planet over the weekend.This is the first batch of information data when the newly landed Mars rover began to carefully unfold its scientific instruments and cameras and began to work.
NASA has shared the stunning footage of willpower descending to the surface of Mars. These include a huge parachute, a floating descent platform suspended on multiple jet engines, and a "Sky Crane" to lower an SUV sized Rover to the ground.
Some of the shots were taken by off the shelf cameras mounted on the descent platform and rear shell of the willpower. However, the rover itself has its own photography equipment. Its navigation cameras, or navcams, have been used to piece together six images to provide a panoramic view of the Jezero crater where it landed.
At the same time, surprisingly, willpower has recorded the first audio on the surface of Mars. The rover has two microphones, one integrated into its mastcam-z imaging system and the other installed in the entry, descent and landing camera kit.
Although the JPL team has been working hard to add microphones to the EDL system, the goal of recording sounds on Mars has become more meaningful after it has been pointed out that these audio clips can help visually impaired people understand the situation on the red planet. Unfortunately, the microphone did not capture the audio during the descent.
NASA has uploaded original photos from various cameras to its library, ranging from the deployment and demotion of parachutes captured by EDL system to the close-up of Mars soil and rocks where willpower is located. Next, we will continue to calibrate the instrument and "shake" the wheels to make sure everything works there. After that, it will be ready to move forward and backward to test the drive motor.