Scientists created the 5th-century sunshine recorded by NASA's Robot Robot, Opportunity, using data soning techniques to create a two-minute piece of music. Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Exeter in the UK have created the piece of music by scanning a picture from left to right, pixel pixel, looking at the brightness and color information and combining them with the height of the ground.
They used algorithms to assign to each item a specific pitch and melody. The quiet, slow harmonies are a consequence of the dark background and the brighter, taller, inward-facing sounds are created by sounding the sunlight.
The track, titled Mars Soundscapes, will be featured at the Supercomputing SC18 Conference in Dallas, USA, on November 13th. The researchers will use both conventional speakers and vibratory mutants so that the listener can feel the vibrations with their hands, thus enjoying a first-person experience with sunrise on Mars.
The opportunity is a robotic router that provides photographic data to Mars for NASA since 2004. Earlier this year, it stopped communications after a storm of dust. Scientists hope they will be able to resume their work later this year.