New NASA lander captures 1st sounds of Martian wind  12/7/2018 10:59:04 PM  2

NASA’s new Mars lander has captured the first sounds of the Martian wind.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory released audio clips of the alien wind Friday. The low-frequency rumblings were collected by the InSight lander during its first week-and-a-half of operations at Mars.

Scientists agree the sound has an otherworldly quality to it, and they feel as though they’re sitting on the spacecraft, enjoying the Martian breeze.

The noise is of the wind blowing against InSight’s solar panels and the resulting vibration of the entire spacecraft. The sounds were recorded by an air pressure sensor inside the lander that’s part of a weather station, as well as the seismometer on the deck of the spacecraft.

InSight landed on Mars on Nov. 26, nearly seven months after it was launched aboard a rocket at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

This image from InSight’s robotic-arm mounted Instrument Deployment Camera shows the instruments on the spacecraft’s deck, with the Martian surface of Elysium Planitia in the background, Dec. 4, 2018. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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