What does Mars sound like? Listen.

Among the many instruments aboard Perseverance are two microphones. Although Mars’ atmosphere is a fraction of what we have on Earth, it’s still enough to transmit sound waves, albeit rather weakly.

According to USA Today, Perseverance has recorded about hours of sound: wind, wheels rolling over Martian gravel, the sounds of the probe’s motors, and so on. But NASA has already come up with an interactive experience that allows us to hear what Earth sounds might sound like on Mars. (Have some headphones handy.)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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