CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s new Mars lander has captured the first sounds of the Martian wind.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory released audio clips of the alien wind Friday. The low-frequency rumblings were collected by the InSight lander during its first week- and-a-half of operations at Mars.
Scientists agree the sound has an otherworldly quality to it, and they feel as though they’re sitting on the spacecraft, enjoying the Martian breeze.
What does wind sound like on Mars? Now we know, courtesy of @NASAInSight. A haunting low rumble was captured on the Red Planet last week, caused by vibrations from the wind. Put on your headphones & listen to the #SoundsOfMars: https://t.co/rGItMwWQczhttps://t.co/Cfj3THf273
— NASA (@NASA) December 7, 2018
The noise is of the wind blowing against InSight’s solar panels and the resulting vibration of the entire spacecraft. 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.
InSight landed on Mars on Nov. 26.
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