NASA's InSight lander 'hears' wind on Mars

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

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

Less than two weeks have passed since InSight touched down on the Surface of the Red Planet and we're already receiving incredible data that we can contemplate.

On December 1, InSight sensors captured a haunting low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind, estimated to be blowing between 10 to 15 miles per hour (16 to 24 kph).

"The winds were consistent with the direction of dust devil streaks in the landing area, which were observed from orbit", the NASA statement added.

"Today we can see the first glimpses of our workspace", said InSight principal investigator Bruce Banerdt.

What does Mars sound like?

NASA released the spacecraft InSight, which depicted his robotic arm with a length of nearly two meters. These are the first sounds from Mars that are detectible by human ears, according to the researchers. The Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS), the seismometer, will use the vibrations to help scientists configure more about the planet's interior.




The winds blowing across the spacecraft is the first sounds recorded from Mars, NASA said. Soon, though, the instruments will not be able to detect the vibrations directed by the lander because, in a few weeks, they will be covered with a domed shield to protect their data from influences of wind and temperature changes.

Sort of. The probe's instruments detected vibrations of the Martian air over its solar panels in frequency that human ears can hear. "InSight will see if tremors, or marsquakes, have a similar effect on Mars". "But we know that everything is a little different for the lander on Mars, so faults are not unusual", Hoffman said.

The lander is also sharing numerous photos on its Twitter account and sharing information about its progress on Mars.

The craft will also have an on board camera that will serve the extremely sci-fi goal of "detect the sound of the instrument's laser as it zaps different materials". Well, thanks to NASA's latest mission, we have an idea.

"The experimental MarCO CubeSats have also opened a new door to smaller planetary spacecraft".

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