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Intrusive buzzing. The Perseverance rover recorded the space sounds of its flight to Mars

NASA’s new rover is equipped with a microphone to record sounds during landing on the Red Planet.

NASA’s Perseverance rover, which is en route to Mars, has recorded its flight to the planet.

The new rover is equipped with a microphone designed to record sound when entering the atmosphere, descent and landing. The device should arrive on the Red Planet in February 2021.

But before the rover reached its destination, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) released an audio file recording what the rover “hears” during its interplanetary voyage.

The 60-second recording, posted on SoundCloud, was captured on Oct.19 while checking the rover’s EDL and microphone system.

Experts explain that the buzzing sound comes from a pump that pumps fluid to regulate the rover’s temperature.

NASA compares the new hit for your playlist to the noise you hear on wired headphones when the wire rubs against your clothing. It was these mechanical vibrations that the Perseverance microphone picked up.

“Located at the rear of the starboard side of the Perseverance, the pump is part of the unit’s heat system that maintains operating temperatures for the equipment, even in the coldest locations,” JPL said in a statement.

“I apologize to the person who came up with the slogan for the film” Alien “(” No one in space will hear your scream “- ed.), Perhaps no one will hear the scream, but perhaps a pump to remove heat will be heard,” says a leading engineer at JPL Dave Gruel.

He added that the microphone picks up the hum of the pump through mechanical vibration.

The Perseverance rover is supposed to land on Mars on February 18, 2021 in the Jezero crater – it is believed that a riverbed used to pass through this area. This is one of those places where traces of living organisms on the planet could be preserved.

The main mission of the rover is to detect signs of life in order to advance the study of the ancient history of Mars. In addition, the device will become part of a mission to deliver samples from the surface of the red planet: it will dig out rock at certain points, and then another device will pick them up, which will send them to Earth.



In December, Earth’s inhabitants will be able to see a rare cosmic phenomenon

In December, Earth's inhabitants will be able to see a rare cosmic phenomenon 88

At the end of the year, astronomers expect to see a rare cosmic phenomenon dubbed the “Christmas star” in the sky. It will be caused by the fact that Saturn and Jupiter come close to each other at a minimum distance and almost collide to become one super-bright point of light.

These two planets became one straight line in the solar system a few weeks ago, but at the end of December they will be on it for observers from Earth. This will happen on December 21, 2020, on the day of the winter solstice, when the daylight hours are the shortest and the night is the longest. Jupiter and Saturn will look like a “double planet” for the first time since the Middle Ages, Forbes writes.

“The conjunctions of the two planets are extremely rare, but this particular conjunction is especially rare because the planets will be very close to each other,” Patrick Hartigan, astronomer at Rice University, USA said. “In order to observe a closer conjunction of these planets in the night sky, we would have to return on March 4, 1226.”

It is noted that the unusual celestial phenomenon can be observed from anywhere on the planet. The main thing is that the sky is clear. The “Christmas Star” can be seen in the western sky about an hour after sunset when viewed from the northern hemisphere.

“On the evening of their closest approach, December 21, they will appear as a twin planet, separated by less than 1/5 the diameter of the full moon,” Hartigan said. “For most amateur astronomers looking at the night sky through a telescope, both planets and several of their largest satellites will be in the same field of view this evening.”

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Those who want to see Jupiter and Saturn converge in the sky as close, but will be higher above the horizon, will have to wait until March 15, 2080, Hartigan said. After that, a similar configuration for this planetary pair will not be observed until 2400.

Astronomers are already preparing equipment to analyze in detail the upcoming event. Everything is very serious, because the second such rapprochement between Jupiter and Saturn cannot be expected.

Of course, there will not be a collision of planets. You just get the impression that something terrible is about to happen in the solar system. Astronomers have assured that there is no reason to worry.

Is the “Christmas Star” an omen of things to come? Mark your calendars! 

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A giant asteroid worth $ 17.4 billion is approaching Earth

A giant asteroid worth $ 17.4 billion is approaching Earth 90

NASA announced the imminent flight of a potentially dangerous asteroid will pass the Earth. The website of the Center for the Study of Near-Earth Objects says that a celestial body ranging in size from 370 to 820 meters will approach the planet on November 29.

The asteroid, consisting of nickel, iron and cobalt, is approaching the Earth. The cost of minerals in its composition reaches $ 17.4 billion, with reference to the Asterank database, which contains data on 600 thousand asteroids.

The distance between the asteroid 153201 (2000 WO107) and the Earth will be more than 4 million kilometers, the Space Reference specified with reference to NASA data. It is noted that the distance from the Earth to the Moon is 10 times less, and the asteroid is considered dangerous because it crosses the orbit of our planet.

According to the NASA Center for the Study of Near-Earth Objects, the celestial body will approach the Earth on November 29. 

It is noted that this time the asteroid does not pose a threat to the planet, however, it belongs to the group of potentially dangerous ones, since its trajectory crosses the Earth’s orbit.

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Ominous record: on Friday the 13th an asteroid passed below the ISS

Ominous record: on Friday the 13th an asteroid passed below the ISS 91

On Friday, November 13, 2020, asteroid 2020 VT4 set a historic record for close proximity to Earth. At some point, it was closer to our planet than the ISS. Moreover, astronomers noticed the uninvited guest only a few hours after the rendezvous.

At 17:20 UT, the heavenly stone passed over the South Pacific at an altitude of less than 400 kilometers. Never before has an asteroid been observed so close to our planet (except for those that fell on it).

The mark passed by a celestial body is even below the orbit of the International Space Station, not to mention geostationary satellites. However, as a result of the unexpected visit, not a single spacecraft was damaged (the ISS was at that moment over another region of the globe).

Interestingly, astronomers noticed 2020 VT4 only 15 hours after the rendezvous, when it was already moving away from the Earth. But you shouldn’t blame the scientists for negligence: the asteroid was approaching from the direction of the Sun, so it simply drowned in the glow of the star.

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The animation shows the movement of asteroid 2020 VT4 across the sky as observed by the ATLAS telescope.Illustration ATLAS / Larry Denneau.

According to Universe Today, the size of 2020 VT4 is estimated at 4-5 meters. For comparison: the body, fragments of which collapsed to the Earth in the region of Chelyabinsk in 2013 , had about 20 meters in diameter. So the fall of 2020 VT4 into the ocean would hardly have threatened serious consequences.

Having discovered an asteroid moving away from the planet, experts calculated its orbit. Curiously, the approach to the massive Earth has radically changed it. Now 2020 VT4 orbits the Sun not in 549, but in 315 days. However, the next date with our planet, the heavenly guest will have to wait until 2052. And even then he will pass from it at a solid distance of 1.8 million kilometers (that is, several times farther than the Moon).

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The orbit of asteroid 2020 VT4 before approaching the Earth (according to the results of calculations).Illustration by NASA / JPL.

The previous record of the asteroid’s approach to Earth was also set in 2020 . It belongs to the celestial body 2020 QG, which missed our planet in 2950 kilometers.

Of course, such an abundance of records does not mean that there are suddenly more asteroids near the Earth. Rather, it is a matter of closer observation of the sky. In other words, visitors have arrived before, but astronomers were unaware of this. Therefore, we probably still have many “close acquaintances” ahead. Indeed, the list of bodies potentially dangerous for the Earth includes several million objects.

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