CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – NASA’s new Mars Lander has captured the first sounds of the “truly worldly” guinea pig.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory released sound clips of alien winds on Friday. The low-frequency rumbling was collected by the InSight farmer during his first-week operation at Mars.
The wind is estimated to blow 10 mph to 15 mph (16 kph to 24 kph). These are the first sounds of Mars that can be detected by human ears, according to the researchers.
“Reminds me to sit outside on a windy summer afternoon … In some way, this would seem like you were on Mars Mars Inlanders,” said Cornell University’s Don Banfield to reporters .
Researchers participating in the project agree that the sound has a different world quality to it. Thomas Pike of Imperial College London said it is “quite different from what we have experienced on Earth, and I think it just gives us another way to think about how far we get these signals.”
The noise is of the wind blowing against InSights solar panels and the resulting vibration of the entire spacecraft. The noise was recorded by an air pressure sensor inside the lander included in a weather station, as did the seismometer on the spacecraft deck.
Low frequencies are a result of Mars’ thin air density and even more seismometer itself ̵
1; it is intended to detect underground seismic waves far below the threshold of human hearing. The seismometer is moved to the Mars surface in the coming weeks; Until then, the team plans to record more wind noise.
The 1976 Vikings Mars landers picked up spacecraft shaken by wind, but it would be a stretch to consider it sounds, says InSight’s leading researcher Bruce Banerdt, JPL in Pasadena, California.
The “really inexperienced” songs from InSight, meanwhile, has Banerdt imaging he is “on a planet that in some way like the earth, but in some ways truly aliens.” InSight landed on Mars on Nov. 26.
“We are all still high from the landing last week … and here we are less than two weeks after landing, and we already have a great new science,” said NASA’s Lori Glaze, acting director of planet science. “It’s cool, it’s fun.”