Mars rover Perserverance caught the first sounds of Mars: The best memes
David Bowie once asked, “Is there life on Mars?” Well, we can tell him there is sound. NASA’s Mars Perseverance Rover landed on the red planet on February 18th. Though two microphones on the rover were recording during its descent, the sounds weren’t viable.
Until two days later that is. . .“A microphone attached to the rover did not collect usable data during the descent, but the commercial off-the-shelf device survived the highly dynamic descent to the surface and obtained sounds from Jezero Crater on Feb. 20,” according to NASA’s press release.
Twitter of course erupted at the news of recordings from Mars. Some were very into it. Others did not. Here are the tweets that really nailed the landing.
I’ve watched @NASAPersevere’s Perseverance Mars Rover landing on Mars 4 times & teared up 4 times. I think that’s just gonna be way with this Mars adventure 🥲#tearsofjoy #perserverance #allthefeels pic.twitter.com/8RP6iIktOp
— Gemma Rose (Raw&RealGoddess) (@rawrealgoddess) February 23, 2021
Just the concept that we have heard what Mars sounds like, that we have heard what wind on Mars sounds like, is exhilarating. Everyone’s childhood dream of being an astronaut was realized today.
The sounds from the surface of Mars were cool but if you listen real close you can also hear the sound of every EDM producer on the planet racing to make a cool song that samples the Mars sounds.
— Rave Coulier (@synthandlasers) February 23, 2021
The M in EDM stands for Mars
Plenty of people on Twitter noted the high likelihood of some DJ or “artist” sampling the Perseverance recordings in their next single. Just so you know, if Twitter makes fun of something before it’s even a real tangible thing, then maybe don’t do it.
Me listening to the sound of Mars for the first time pic.twitter.com/E26fRSk8Xe
— Laney Jolley Smith (@LaneyJ21) February 19, 2021
We would pay Kristen Wiig a crap-ton of money to get the Target Lady’s reaction to the sound on Mars. In fact, Saturday Night Live should do a Target Lady on Mars sketch with aliens as her customers. YAY TARGET!
Being able to hear the sound of the wind on Mars is so damned cool.
However, imagine how much better it could be if they sent up a wind chime, too.
— Headly Westerfield (@Aunty__Em) February 22, 2021
Chime in on Mars
Can you imagine landing on Mars and finding wind chimes just hanging out in the breeze? Maybe each astronaut could add a new one with a different note.
Sure, I teared up a little at the sound of the wind on Mars, but part of me is disappointed that NASA missed the most perfect rickroll opportunity in human history.
— Noah Jones – FWRD MGMT (@noahjones) February 22, 2021
Are we happy to hear what Mars sounds like? Absolutely. Do we feel like we kinda missed out on an amazing troll by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration? Affirmative.
Listening to the sound of wind on Mars recorded by @NASAPersevere 🔊 #CountdownToMars pic.twitter.com/chLWUWp3Ag
— Chelsea Tatham Zukowski (@ChelseaTatham) February 22, 2021
Yes, the sound isn’t loud but it can still rock. We shimmed when we heard it, don’t judge us.
I'm looking forward to the "Mars lo fi beats to relax/do science to" with the gusts of wind and the sound of the rover whirring in the background.
— Daniel (@djbeadle) February 22, 2021
Lo-fi Mars beats
Speaking of music, there is something Lo-fi about the sound. We wouldn’t mind bobbing our heads to some chill grooves from Mars while studying or writing meme articles.
The sound of Mars is horrible.#Perseverance
— Mostafa 🌍 (@mos_joo) February 23, 2021
Some people really didn’t get the hype. We appreciate this user’s unabashed bluntness to take out and diminish one of the greatest scientific events of the last five years.