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This Is What the Wind on Mars Sounds Like

The sounds were captured by the InSight Mars lander
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 7, 2018 4:00 PM CST

(Newser) – NASA's new Mars lander has captured the first sounds of the Martian wind, the AP reports. 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. (Read more Mars stories.)

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