This Is What Wind On Mars Sounds Like, NASA Captured It For You

Dhir Acharya - Dec 10, 2018

This Is What Wind On Mars Sounds Like, NASA Captured It For You

Get ready for the very first sound recorded on Mars.

Last week, the InSight Mars Lander successfully landed in the Elysium Planitia area, on the Red Planet. Now, InSight is slowly trying to make its way through the planet’s surface.

But before it succeeds in the next step, InSight has already captured something awesome, the sound of wind on Mars.

NASA InSight Lander

In fact, NASA’s InSight was not designed to record sounds, or at least, not directly. Nevertheless, one of the InSight’s missions is to research what’s inside the planet’s crust. Therefore, the machine has landed on Mars with a thermometer, echo sensors, a seismometer, etc.

What you’re about to hear, what the InSight has captured on Mars is the sound of the wind when the machine moves the dome where the air pressure sensor is attached. After NASA calibrated the sensor, the space agency was capable of recording the sound that is as authentic as possible.

Kết quả hình ảnh cho the insight lander

During a press release, Tom Pike, a scientist from the InSight team, mentioned the role of InSight as “a giant ear.” According to Pike, the solar panels which are attached to the two opposite sides of the rover respond to the fluctuations of the wind pressure.

Serve yourself, listen here to the wind on Mars.

It seems like the sound of regular wind that we can hear anywhere on Earth, but remember that this sound actually comes from another planet, millions of miles away from where you are.

NASA’s InSight Mars lander was launched in May 2018. Carrying the rover into space was a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. Sent to Mars, the InSight’s missions include identifying marsquakes as well as vibrations generated from micrometeorite strikes using a super sensitive seismometer. Also, the team makes use of the communication gear attached to the rover to accurately track its location on the planet’s surface and collect data to study the planet’s axis of rotation.


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