I saw this announcement last night on the Space.com website – The Perseverance rover has recorded the 1st laser sound on Mars. It’s a ‘snap!’ not a ‘pew!’: https://www.space.com/perseverance-rover-mars-laser-sound-recording. Worth a read if you are into things space-related. There are photos in the link. Slightly longer article, but here’s some basic information. Photos in the link.
By Mike Wall March 10, 2021
Our growing list of sounds on Mars now includes lasers.
NASA’s Perseverance rover has begun using its rock-zapping SuperCam instrument on the Red Planet, mission team members announced today (March 10). SuperCam is equipped with a microphone, which has picked up the gentle whoosh of the Martian wind as well as the not-so-gentle snaps generated by the laser when it hits a rock target.
“These recordings have demonstrated that our microphone is not only functioning well, but we also have a very high-quality signal for our scientific studies,” SuperCam team member Naomi Murdoch, a researcher at the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse, France, said during a live webcast today.
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