NASA shares first ever recording of Mars wind courtesy of InSight

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NASA shared two copies of the wind recording, one as it was captured and another adjusted for playback on phones and laptops.

There are more plans to record sounds on Mars with the 2002 lander project. The winds were consistent with the direction of dust devil streaks in the landing area, which were observed from orbit.

The sound of wind is easily recognizable to most people on Earth but for the first time the sound of wind on Mars has been released.

This is the only phase of the mission during which the seismometer, called the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS), will be capable of detecting vibrations generated directly by the lander.

SEIS will detect these vibrations that will tell us about the Red Planet's deep interior. The sounds were recorded by an air pressure sensor inside the lander that is part of a weather station, as well as the seismometer on the deck of the spacecraft.

When the sensors pick up vibrations from InSight's solar panels, the whole spacecraft acts like a giant microphone.

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This is the only time when vibrations from the lander will be recorded by the seismometer, since it will be moved by the craft's robotic armed and placed on the Martian surface, along with other instruments.

'The solar panels on the lander's sides are flawless acoustic receivers, ' Prof Pike said. You may need to put on earphones or crank up your subwoofer to hear what's going on in the first video, which is made up of raw data from the seismometer. The lander will measure whether tremors have the same effect as earthquakes.

Because InSight's seismometer is created to measure seismic activity, the recorded sounds are near the lower edge of the human ear's sensitivity, around 50 Hz. "But we know that everything is a little different for the lander on Mars, so faults are not unusual", Hoffman said.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory released audio clips of the alien wind Friday.

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". The wind vibrations were also recorded by the lander's air pressure sensor.

The craft will also have an on board camera that will serve the extremely sci-fi objective of "detect the sound of the instrument's laser as it zaps different materials".

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