Last week, NASA’s Perseverance Rover made a successful landing on Mars, preparing to settle in a deep pit called Jezero and begin its investigation. Robotic geologists and astrobiologists will now examine the reefs and sediments of the ancient lakebed, river delta of Jezero, and look for any signs of ancient microbial life.

The rover has been providing glimpse of its surroundings and the Martian crater to many people since Friday. Now, the video was taken during the last minutes of its entry, descent, and landing. From the moment of parachute inflation, the camera system covers the entirety of the descent process, and footage of the rover’s descent ends with its touchdown.

A press note from NASA quotes acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk saying- “Perseverance is just getting started, and already has provided some of the most iconic visuals in space exploration history. It reinforces the remarkable level of engineering and precision that is required to build and fly a vehicle to Mars“.

But this is not just a matter of iconic scenes.

In the first, the Perseverance Rover has managed to capture the first audio recording of sounds from Mars. A microphone on the rover received sounds from the Jezero Crater on 20 February. As NASA shared the audio, one can hear “Martian Wind” briefly – like the far more earthly sound of air against a microphone. One can also hear the mechanical sound of a rover working on a surface.

The audio has been uploaded to NASA’s website and can also be accessed on SoundCloud. A short clip with the included ‘winds’ has also been shared on the ‘Audio and Ringtone’ page of the NASA website. Or you can simply watch it on YouTube.