NASA Recorded the Sounds of Mars (And It's Almost All Creepy Bass)

NASA Recorded the Sounds of Mars (And It's Almost All Creepy Bass)

NASA Recorded the Sounds of Mars (And It's Almost All Creepy Bass)

If you're expecting howling, swooshes and crackles, you're in for a surprise.

NASA's Insight lander has captured audio that it labelled an "unplanned treat", where motion sensors on the vessel were able to detect sound waves.

The audio is best listened to with headphones on and sub woofer speakers.

The sound of the wind is similar to what wind, or maybe crashing waves, would sound like on Earth.

The audio was picked up by both an air pressure sensor and the seismometer aboard InSight.

The strong gusts of wind, blowing between 10 to 15 miles per hour (5 to 7 meters a second), were captured as they moved over the solar panels on InSight, an unmanned lander that touched down on Earth's dusty, desolate neighbor November 26. The space agency's Mars 2020 rover will be equipped with two microphones. EST (4.40am AEDST).

The US space agency NASA's Mars lander InSight has sent back the first ever recording of sounds of winds blowing on the Red Planet, NASA has said.

'It is just unbelievable to hear the first ever sounds from Mars'. Shown are the lander's arm (top), its 2.2 metre wide solar panel, one of its two TWINS temperature and wind sensors (left of centre), its UHF antenna (bottom centre), its SEIS seimometer (bottom left), and the white dome (centre left) now covers its pressure sensor.

'It's like InSight is cupping its ears'. Because wind gusts can trick the seismometer, the lander is equipped with an air pressure sensor to isolate that background noise. "But we know that everything is a little different for the lander on Mars, so faults are not unusual", Hoffman said. According to the NASA site, "When earthquakes occur on Earth, their vibrations, which bounce around inside our planet, make it "ring" similar to how a bell creates sound".

NASA also released an audio track from InSight's air pressure sensor, with the data sped up by a factor of 100 to bring it into human hearing range.

There are more scheduled recordings to come from the surface of Mars. These are the first sounds from Mars that are detectable by human ears, according to the researchers.

The craft will also have an on board camera that will serve the extremely sci-fi goal of "detect the sound of the instrument's laser as it zaps different materials". By listening to Mars' environment, we can get a feel for the planet's conditions and internal structure.

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