Published: Mon, December 10, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Nasa lander captures first sounds of Martian wind

Nasa lander captures first sounds of Martian wind

The sounds were recorded by an air pressure sensor inside the lander that's part of a weather station, as well as the seismometer on the deck of the spacecraft.

Specialist aerospace Agency Bruce Banerdt said that the Mars machine does not have the goal to hear something like that, but audio can really speak of a "certain sound waves on Mars".

After recently beaming back a selfie of its robotic arm raised in triumph, as the Inquisitr reported on Wednesday, the InSight Mars lander has snapped another photo of its 6-feet-long appendage.

"To me, the sounds are really unworldly", Bruce Banerdt, the principal investigator of the mission, said during a news conference on Friday.

What does Mars sound like?

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The winds blowing across the spacecraft is the first sounds recorded from Mars, NASA said.

InSight's seismometer and another sensor picked up the noise, and it was not planned.

InSight landed safely on Mars on November 26, kicking off a two-year mission to explore the deep interior of the Red Planet. The dome-shaped object behind it is a wind and thermal shield for the instrument.

"The solar panels on the lander's sides respond to pressure fluctuations of the wind".

The noise was produced due to the air blowing over the solar panels of the InSight lander as well as the motion of the spacecraft.

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The reason for having a seismometer on the lander is to see if earthquakes (which on Mars are called Marsquakes) behave in the same way as they do on earth.

What's even more exciting about InSight's fascinating discovery is that the NASA team were not even planning on capturing the previously unheard wind.

With the lander, NASA hopes to study the "vital signs" of Earth's neighboring planet, including its "pulse" (seismology), "temperature" (heat flow), and "reflexes" (precision tracking).

Now, you can be one of the very first people who listen to the winds on Mars, thanks to NASA's InSight lander.

More images from InSight's arm were scheduled to come down this past weekend.

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"We're all still on a high from the landing last week. and here we are less than two weeks after landing, and we've already got some fantastic new science", said NASA's Lori Glaze, acting director of planetary science.

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