CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – NASA's new Mars Lander has captured the first sounds of the "truly worldly" guinea pig.…
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 are detectable by human ears, according to the researchers.
“Reminds me to sit out on a windy summer afternoon … In some ways, this sounds like you were sitting on Mars’s InSight Marshal,” said Don Banfield, Cornell University’s journalist.
Researchers involved in the project agree that the sound has a different world quality to it.
Thomas Pike of Imperial College London said it was “quite different to everything we have experienced on Earth, and I think that It just gives us another way of thinking about how far we get these signals. “
The sound is of the wind blowing against the InSights solar panels and the resulting vibration of the entire spacecraft. The noise was recorded by an air pressure sensor inside the landing part of a weather station, as did the seismometer on the spacecraft deck.
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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. 19659002] The 1976 Viking Marsh landlord 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” tunes from InSight, while he has Banerdt imaging he is “on a planet like in a way like the earth, but in some ways really extraordinary orders. “
InSight landed on Mars on November 26th.
“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, planet science actor. “It’s cool, it’s fun.”
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