Researchers have created the soundtrack of the 5,000th March Sunrise captured by Rob Explorer, Opportunity, Robot Explorer, using data rendering techniques to create a two-minute music.
Researchers created the piece of music (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loXhsglsG-w) by scanning a picture from left to right, pixel for pixels, and viewing brightness and color information and combining them with terrain height. They used algorithms to assign a specific pitch and melody to each element.
The quiet, slow harmonies are a consequence of the dark background and the lighter, higher tone sounds toward the middle of the piece are created by sonication of the bright sunshine.
Dr Domenico Vicinanza, by Anglia Ruskin University and Dr Genevieve Williams, at the University of Exeter, will present the world premiere of the Mars Soundscapes piece in NASA booth at the forthcoming SC conference in Dallas (November 13).
The piece will be presented with both conventional speakers and vibration sensors so that the audience can feel the vibrations with their hands and thus enjoy a first person experience of a sunrise on Mars.
Opportunity is a robot robot that has provided photographic data on Mars to NASA since 2004. Earlier this year, communication stopped after a dust storm. Researchers hope it can resume its function later this year.
Dr Vicinanza, director of the SAGE research group at Anglia Ruskin, said: "We are very pleased to present this work on such a fascinating planet.
"Image condensation is a very flexible technology for exploring science, and it can be used in several areas, from studying some properties of planet surfaces and atmospheres, to analyze weather changes or to detect volcanic eruptions.
"In health science, researchers can provide new methods for analyzing the presence of certain forms and colors, which is especially useful in diagnostics."
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