Audio recording: the sounds of an alien descent

MP3 audio recording of NASA's Curiosity arrival at Mars

While no human ‘heard’ NASA's Curiosity arrive at Mars this morning, the radio signals transmitted during descent and recorded by Mars Express have been processed and shifted into human-audible frequencies.

3d image of MSL spectrum recorded by Mars Express during arrival at Mars. Credit ESA

3d image of MSL spectrum recorded by Mars Express during arrival at Mars. Credit ESA

This provides a faithful reproduction of the ‘sound’ of the NASA mission’s arrival at Mars and its seven-minute plunge to the Red Planet’s surface.

Note: recording compresses full descent recording (~20 mins) into just 19 seconds.

Melacom audio recording: NASA MSL Descent to Mars Credit: ESA

Note for those interested: The 1D & 2D plots are available after the jump...

Click for full-size plots...

These plots may be reused with credit to: ESA/Mars Express team

 

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