The images broadcast are actually from curiosity probes that, unlike the Persistence Rover, are not equipped with microphones
The video has been viewed by more than 5 million people on social media. It was published on February 18, the day the American rover firmness landed on Mars. With the comment “Incredible Mars (Turn on Sound)”, we can see the Martian landscape from the perspective of NASA robots.
The planet reveals its relief, its rocky ground, its red earth and its extent with exceptional image quality. Better still, the video suggests the spatial sound captured by the rover. Enough to thrill the ears of enthusiasts and arouse the curiosity of the Red Planet’s fascinators. Except that the images do not come from the Perseverance Rover and this sound is not of Mars.
In fact, these pictures were taken by another robot: the Curiosity probe, which came to Mars in 2012. They come from a panorama broadcast by Curiosity in 2019. This color photograph is the most detailed date on the planet, although the Personality Robot is capable of sending better quality images. Many Internet users have been confused, especially because the distribution of previously unveiled images by Perseverance after a few minutes of its landing.
In the 25th second of the video, the robot has the name “Curiosity” written on one arm. In addition, the tire tracks appear while the fixture has not yet moved since its arrival. Finally, the footage shared millions of times was posted on February 18 at 6:34 am while the NASA robot was still visiting the red planet.
Perseverance is the only robot equipped with a microphone (developed in Toulouse by ISAE-SuperEro) that will allow Mars to “listen”. Curiosity testing is not equipped with such technology. The sound heard in the video has been added to give the illusion that it is from the planet. Therefore, it will be necessary to be patient and wait a few days before hearing the right sound of Mars for the first time.