NASA’s Perseverance rover is currently whipping through deep space on its journey to Mars, where it will arrive in approximately three months. But if you want to check in on the rover, then NASA has a new way for you to do that — you can hear a clip of the audio picked up by its onboard microphone as it cruises through space at 26,000 mph. The Perseverance P-3 rover will remain in the red planet for seven full Earth years before eventually colonizing Mars itself and sending back data about the planet's surface to researchers in the U.S., ESA reports.

Perseverance Curiosity rover is still making extra-deep dives into the ground when it encounters "ground stops," picking up valuable data for the study of our neighboring planet. ( NASA )

The hardware pack just launched for commercial customers includes radio receivers, microphones and a head with an accelerometer, gyroscope and image stabilization gear. This gives the tool a unique capability to be able to pick up sound in relation to velocity: All it takes to capture a "sound stop" is to stop the rover in its tracks, and "paint" the surroundings with recorded sounds. This audio sort of science capability has previously been used in civilian applications to help observers looking at space in a new way for NASA and in bar-room conversations on party lines.

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The new hardware is part of NASA's experience with sounding rocket technology. A sounding rocket is part of a shooter — explosives with low-friction gyroscopes and audio algorithms that work to track spacecraft through the thin layer of air between as it accelerates. It can also use a sound-operated motion detector that tracks its precursor in realtime via radio transponder, but it has never been used in the classroom or anywhere else. The camcorder balance of the P-3 loadout makes it a major improvement over that secondary-command-and-control testbed, though -the real P-3 can now record points of a spacecraft's orbit around the globe in two separate planes for the continental United States at 30-minute intervals – levels and log cubes that had previously been only a few sound stops away. Stone broke out in newsrooms when the media decided public perception of NASA versus space manufacturers has been skewed in recent years, with Republicans in Congress defining NASA programs as being inherently unnecessary before gaining power and openly implying that building everything from launch systems to chauffeur seats would be great opportunity for tax supporters. But turning that around may take time and a lot of pushback. NASA has its problems – the funding and human resources don't always line up with political whims, and it needs to battle to hold on to its mission – but the time for rolling out hardware is now. New Paul Allen Set Travel Budget tells the story of Paul Allen's move in the entertainment industry with a specific focus on movies and
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