NASA cap­tures sound of Mars wind

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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 mph to 15 mph. These are the first sounds from Mars de­tectible by hu­man ears, ac­cord­ing to the re­searchers.

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.

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