New NASA lan­der cap­tures first sounds of Mar­tian wind

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. >> NASA’s new Mars lan­der has cap­tured the first sounds of the “re­ally un­worldly” 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 of op­er­a­tions at Mars.

The wind is es­ti­mated to be blow­ing 10-15 mph. These are the first sounds from Mars that are de­tectible by hu­man ears, ac­cord­ing to the re­searchers.

“Re­minds me of sit­ting out­side on a windy sum­mer af­ter­noon ... In some sense, this is what it would sound like if you were sit­ting on the In­Sight lan­der on Mars,” Cor­nell Univer­sity’s Don Ban­field said.

Sci­en­tists in­volved in the pro­ject agree the sound has an oth­er­worldly qual­ity to it. The noise is of the wind blow­ing against In­Sight’s so­lar pan­els and the re­sult­ing vi­bra­tion of the en­tire space­craft.

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