The sound of 30 shots of the Perseverance Mars probe is clearly visible in the first recording released by the US Space Agency (NASA) on March 10.
The Daily Mail reported that the Perseverance ship launched lasers with temperatures up to 10,000 degrees Celsius from the SuperCam device mounted on the antenna mast. The system releases lasers powerful enough to turn solid rocks into lava at a distance of 6 meters. This is an important device in the process of exploring the Jezero crater in search of ancient life.
According to NASA, on March 2, Perseverance aimed at a rock called Máaz at a distance of 3 meters, while the team at Earth was able to analyze the texture of the target.
NASA says the variation in the intensity of the bang will provide information about the physical structure of the targets, such as relative hardness or the presence of weather patterns.
The Perseverance spacecraft landed on Mars on February 18 after completing a 384 million km flight. It is now approaching the Jezero volcanic region, which was once a lake 3.5 billion years ago. The ship is equipped with a range of high-tech tools to help uncover the secrets of this crater.
The SuperCam system is the next-generation version of ChemCam on the Curiosity probe. SuperCam team member Naomi Murdoch – researcher at the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (France) on March 10 said: “The recordings not only show that the microphone works well, but we also have very high-quality signal for scientific research”.
The site Space.com reported that after analyzing the electrical pulses, the SuperCam team determined that Máaz has a basalt composition similar to volcanic rock on Earth.