August 5th marked the one-year anniversary of the Curiosity Rover’s landing on Mars. In addition to turning me from a Space Hater into a Space Junkie, the landing was a celebration of a great landmark in the world of NASA and space.
Curiosity, part of NASA’s Mars Exploration program, carries the most advanced suite of instruments of any device sent to the Martian surface. One of those instruments is the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM)—the most well equipped chemistry set sent to Mars yet.
In order to learn more about the surface, Curiosity collects soil samples. To process the samples, the robot vibrates at various frequencies, according to the team. When they’re deciphering the samples, they go through a resonance and make a noise. To celebrate the first birthday of the rover, the team designed a program that would play Happy Birthday to Curiosity—and any alien life forms who are listening.
Check out the video below to hear the tune and learn a little more about the technology.