Researchers have created the soundtrack of the 5,000th March Sunrise captured by NASA's robot robot, Opportunity, using data search engineers to create a two minute music.
Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University and University of Exeter in Britain created the piece of music by scanning a picture from left to right, pixel for pixels, looking at 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.
The piece, entitled Mars Soundscapes, will be featured at the Supercomputing SC18 Conference in Dallas, USA, November 13th.
Researchers will use both conventional speakers and vibration sensors so 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.
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