Using the 5,000-year sunrise on Mars, captured by NASA's rover opportunity, British scientists have created a two-minute piece of music.
The soundtrack was created by scanning a left to right image, pixel pixel, and examining information on brightness and color, and combining them with the elevation of the terrain.
The team used a technique called "Data Surveillance," which implemented computational algorithms to assign each item a pitch and a specific song to translate a photo into music.
"We are absolutely excited to present this work on such a fascinating planet," said Domenico Vicinanza, director of the sound engineering and game engineering (SAGE) group at England Ruskin.
"Sonification of images is a very flexible technique for exploring science and can be used in many areas, from studying certain features of the planet's surface and atmosphere, from weather-related analysis or from volcanic eruption," Vicinanza added.
Silent and slow harmonies are a consequence of the dark background, and brighter, more inclined sounds toward the middle of the play are created by the sunlight sonication.
Data soning techniques can be applied to health science to provide scientists with new ways to analyze the appearance of certain shapes and colors, which is particularly useful in diagnosing images, the team said.
Vicinanza and Genevieve Williams of the University of Exeter,
will present the song called Mars Soundscapes in the NASA cabin at the next Supercomputing SC18 conference in Dallas.
It will be featured both with conventional speakers and vibration transducers so that the audience can feel vibrations with their hands, thus enjoying a first-person experience of the sunrise on Mars.
Opportunity is a robotic that has provided Mars data for NASA since 2004.
At the beginning of 2018, communication ceased following a storm of dust. Scientists hope they will resume their office later this year.
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