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Fri Dec 7, 2018, 02:39 PM

NASA's InSight Mars Lander 'Hears' Martian Wind, a Cosmic First

By Meghan Bartels, Space.com Senior Writer | December 7, 2018 02:15pm ET

For the first time in history, we can hear the wind on Mars. Well, sort of.

NASA's InSight lander touched down on the Red Planet Nov. 26, and since its arrival, the robot has focused on acclimating to its new environment on Elysium Planitia. And now, the team behind the mission has turned the first of that data into an incredible new soundtrack, which you can hear in their new video, released today (Dec. 7).

"This is the first time on the surface of Mars that we've had instruments that can detect up to the frequency that humans can hear," Tom Pike, a scientist on the InSight project who focuses on the sensors, said during a news conference unveiling the recording. [NASA's InSight Mars Lander: Amazing Martian Photos!]

But while the instruments on InSight can capture data in human-friendly frequencies, higher pitched sounds don't travel well on Mars, so NASA also provided a version of the recording shifted up in pitch, which pulls some of the otherwise-inaudible infrasound into hearing range.


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