BRIEF: Sound of life on Mars

By Sarah Evans

With the landing of NASA’s latest Mars probe, Perseverance, this week, we heard the first ever audio from the red planet: the eerie sound of winds blowing across the barren (as far as we know) surface of Mars. The mission is to look for signs of ancient life on Mars.This was the most detailed footage of Mars yet, showing every nail-biting second of Perseverance’s descent to the reddish-brown soil. It’s not the first time a spacecraft has landed on Mars, but it’s the first time we’ve watched it happen.  If you haven’t seen the footage, head over to NASA’s website to witness history.

You can also try your hand at decoding the hidden messages in the Perseverance parachute left by NASA engineers for fun. As CNN reported, one was the Jet Propulsion Lab motto: “Dare mighty things.” Goosebumps. 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 25 February 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.