New NASA lander captures 1st sounds of Martian wind

InSight is designed to study the interior of Mars like never before using seismology instruments to detect quakes and a self-hammering mole to measure heat escape from the planet's crust

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"It's going to become very hard to hear the sounds from the outside of Mars later on".

The wind is estimated to be blowing at between 10 and 15mph. The craft will stay put until November 24, 2020, measuring quakes that happen anywhere on Mars. This robotic arm will soon come in handy when it's finally time for the spacecraft to deploy its SEIS seismometer and HP3 heat flow probe - "the only instruments ever to be robotically placed on the surface of another planet", notes NASA.

NASA announced Friday that it has heard the first-ever "sounds" of wind on Mars.

What's even more exciting about InSight's fascinating discovery is that the NASA team were not even planning on capturing the previously unheard wind.

New image from Mars taken by the InSight lander.

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InSight's seismometer and another sensor picked up the noise, and it was not planned. The first audio clip requires headphones or, ideally, a subwoofer to hear, NASA warns. We provide the original audio and a version pitched up by two octaves to make them audible on mobile devices. This sensor recorded the vibrations directly while the seismometer recorded the vibrations of the movement the wind caused in the solar panels.

It's been less than two weeks since InSight touched down on the surface of the Red Planet, but it is already sending back awesome things for us to marvel at. These sensors can detect motion at sub-atomic scales, which includes the wind on Mars, which is barely within the lower range of human hearing. 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.

"Today we can see the first glimpses of our workspace", says Bruce Banerdt, the mission's principal investigator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, speaking in a press statement. In the newest photos sent back by the robot it's immediately clear that its landing site is absolutely ideal.

'The solar panels on the lander's sides are flawless acoustic receivers, ' Prof Pike said. In just a couple years, the British-built Mars 2020 rover is scheduled to land with two actual microphones on board. A second will be able to detect the sound of the instrument's laser as it zaps different materials.

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