Breathtaking: NASA releases incredible Perseverance descent footage and first audio recordings from Mars

By KCBS Radio

NASA has shared new video of Perseverance’s descent to the Martian surface and something no one on Earth has ever heard: the recorded sounds of Mars.

The space agency on Monday released footage of the rover’s historic landing on Mars’ Jezero Crater from last Thursday. The historic video was captured by several cameras on the spacecraft’s entry, descent and landing suite.

"For those who wonder how you land on Mars - or why it is so difficult - or how cool it would be to do so - you need look no further," said acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk. "Perseverance is just getting started, and already has provided some of the most iconic visuals in space exploration history."

Five off-the-shelf cameras collected the incredible footage, according to NASA.

The best angle might come from a camera mounted on the descent stage, which NASA referred to as "a kind of rocket-powered jet pack that helps fly the rover to its landing site." It provided a bird’s eye view of Perseverance’s drop onto the Red Planet. "This video of Perseverance’s descent is the closest you can get to landing on Mars without putting on a pressure suit," said Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA associate administrator for science.

The images will help NASA prepare for astronaut flights to Mars in the decades ahead, according to engineers.

The agency also released the first-ever audio recording of from Mars, both unfiltered to include the noise of the rover and filtered without rover noise.

Both recordings contain what sounds like a light Martian wind.

Perseverance is the only rover to be equipped with a recording device.

The rover will spend the next two years exploring a dry river delta and drilling into rocks that may hold evidence of life billions of years ago.