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Mars Rover's 'Voice' Captured During Nail-Biting Landing
I held back on posting this till now. Giving other the chance to do it, while I did some of the threads that are important to me. There is a nice set of pictures at the site.
Mars Rover's 'Voice' Captured During Nail-Biting Landing - Yahoo! News
.Mars Rover's 'Voice' Captured During Nail-Biting Landing
This color thumbnail image was obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover during its descent to the surface of Mars on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The image was obtained by the Mars Descent Imager instrument known as …more
By Mike Wall | SPACE.com – 11 hrs ago.
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity may seem like the strong, silent type, but the 1-ton robot was making a lot of noise during its harrowing Red Planet touchdown on Aug. 5.
Curiosity phoned home throughout its daring and unprecedented landing sequence that night, giving its nervous handlers step-by-step status and health updates. The European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter recorded some of this chatter, and now we can hear what Curiosity had to say.
Sort of. ESA scientists have processed Curiosity's radio signals, shifting them to frequencies the human ear can hear.
"This provides a faithful reproduction of the ‘sound’ of the NASA mission’s arrival at Mars and its seven-minute plunge to the Red Planet’s surface," Mars Express researchers wrote in a blog post shortly after Curiosity's successful touchdown. [How Mars Rover's Landing "Sounded" (Video)]
The recording compresses about 20 minutes of Curiosity signals into a 19-second clip that sounds suitably otherworldly.
For a few seconds, it sounds as if a racecar is revving up its engine. Then that gives way to a strange electronic noise that calls to mind a 1980s video game — Pac Man, perhaps. The revving comes back, and then the recording stops.
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