NASA Reveals First Ever Audio Recording From Mars

Humans have never before heard the sound of wind on Mars until now!

NASA’s InSight Mars lander captured this view of its surroundings shortly after touching down on the Red Planet on Nov. 26, 2018. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech via Twitter

One thing is to see, but it’s an entirely different thing to hear.

We’ve come across thousands of images from the Martian surface that have been snapped by different rovers exploring the red planet.

We’ve also seen countless gifs that show Mars like never before and make the planet seem almost alive.

However, we’ve never actually known what Mars sounds like.

Now, this has changed.

Thanks to NASA’s latest alien lander on Mars–InSight–we are now privileged to be able to hear what our neighboring planet sounds like. 

The sound will give you goosebumps!

Imagine standing there, on the Martian surface, and hearing the wind blow. What a feeling that must be.

And while humans will have to wait for quite some time to be able to live that moment, at least now we can get a better feeling of what it would be like to stand on Mars.

Mars is alive, and it is not a dead planet as we thought in the past.

The sensors onboard NASA’s InSight lander picked up Martina winds blowing between 10 to 15 mph, coming from northwest to southeast.

The audio was recorded on December 1.

NASA tells us that the vibrations (picked up by two instruments) were recorded at a very low pitch. This sound could be picked up by listening to the audio file with your headphones.

But to make it clearer, NASA scientists decided to boost the pitch by two octaves.

This will allow you to hear to the Martian wind blow directly from your mobile phone or computer, without the need for headphones.

The sounds were picked up by InSights sensor Auxiliary Payload Sensor Subsystem’s air pressure sensor which recorded the sound after picking up the vibrations created by the wind direction.

The other sensor that picked up the sound of Mars was InSight’s seismometer, which heard the sound the wind produced as it passed over then lander’s deployed solar panels.

“The InSight lander acts like a giant ear,” explained Tom Pike, InSight science team member.

“The solar panels on the lander’s sides respond to pressure fluctuations of the wind. It’s like InSight is cupping its ears and hearing the Mars wind beating on it. When we looked at the direction of the lander vibrations coming from the solar panels, it matches the expected wind direction at our landing site.”

Exciting times!

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