Nasa lander captures first sounds of Martian wind

Nasa lander captures first sounds of Martian wind

The US space agency Nasa has announced that its InSight lander, which touched down on Mars on November 26, has captured the first ever "sounds" of the wind on the Red Planet.

NASA's InSight Lander captured a low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind on the red planet. The winds were consistent with the direction of dust devil streaks in the landing area, which was observed from orbit.

"Even though the Viking seismometer picked up what I would call motions of the spacecraft, I think it would be a stretch to call those sounds", he said.

New audio has been released from the surface of Mars, and the sound is more hauntingly familiar than you might expect. The wind vibrations were also recorded by the lander's air pressure sensor. It's like InSight is cupping its ears and hearing the Mars wind beating on it.

An air pressure sensor and a seismometer recorded the noise through the vibrations in the air and vibrations around the aircraft "caused by the wind moving over the spacecraft's solar panels".

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"By early next week, we'll be imaging it in finer detail and creating a full mosaic", the principal investigator for the mission, Bruce Banerdt, said.

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). The two instruments recorded the wind noise in different ways. The lander will measure whether tremors have the same effect as earthquakes. The low-frequency rumblings were collected by the InSight lander during its first week of operations at Mars.

Upon the landing of Insight, JPL director Michael Watkins said, "Every Mars landing is daunting, but now with InSight safely on the surface we get to do a unique kind of science 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.

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