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Scientists capture the sound of sunrise on Mars



An image of the 5,000 dawn captured by the Mars rover, Opportunity. Credit: Anglia Ruskin University

Scientists created the soundtrack of the 5,000 Dawn of Mars captured by the robotic exploration rover, Opportunity, using data-sounding techniques to create a two-minute piece of music.

Researchers created the piece of music by scanning an image from left to right, pixel by pixel and observing information on brightness and color and combining it with the elevation of the terrain. They used algorithms to assign a specific tone and melody to each element.

Slow and slow harmonies are a consequence of the dark background and the brightest and sharpest sounds towards the center of the piece are created by the sonification of the shining sun of the disc.

Dr. Domenico Vicinanza, of the Anglia Ruskin University, and Dr. Genevieve Williams, of the University of Exeter, will present the world premiere of the piece, entitled Mars Soundscapes at the NASA booth at the upcoming Supercomputing SC1

8 Conference in Dallas (November 13) . [19659005] The piece will be presented using both conventional speakers and vibrational transducers so that the audience can feel the vibrations with their hands, thus enjoying a firsthand experience of a dawn on Mars.

The opportunity is a robotic rover that has been providing photographic data on Mars for NASA since 2004. At the beginning of this year, it ceased communications following a sandstorm. Scientists hope it can resume its function by the end of the year.




A piece of music composed of techniques of sonification of data, based on a photograph of the 5,000th sunrise captured by the rover Mars, Opportunity. Credit: dott. Domenico Vicinanza and dott. Genevieve Williams

dr. Proximity, director of the research group Sound and Game Engineering (SAGE) by Anglia Ruskin, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to present this work on such a fascinating planet.

" The sonification of the image is a really flexible to explore science and can be used in different domains, from the study of some characteristics of the surfaces and atmospheres of the planet, to the analysis of meteorological changes or to the detection of volcanic eruptions.

"In the science of health, it can provide scientists with new methods for analyzing the occurrence of certain shapes and colors, which is particularly useful in image diagnostics."



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