"NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, has provided the first ever "sounds" of Martian winds on the Red Planet", NASA said in a statement.
The strong gusts of wind, blowing between 10 to 15 miles per hour (five to seven meters a second), were captured as they moved over the solar panels on InSight, an unmanned lander that touched down on Earth's dusty, desolate neighbour November 26. The winds were consistent with the direction of dust devil streaks in the landing area, which was observed from orbit.
This noise was recorded by the seismograph and pressure sensors of the spacecraft InSight that in late November, successfully landed on the red planet.
InSight will act as a giant ear on Mars that will measure any sound or pressure fluctuations of the wind, earthquakes, tectonic movement or volcanism. "The seismometer recorded lander vibrations caused by the wind moving over the spacecraft's solar panels". "It's like InSight is cupping its ears and hearing the Mars wind beating on it", he said.
Another imaging device, known as the Instrument Context Camera, is mounted beneath the lander's deck to provide a different perspective for placement.More news: Rally calls on Gov. Walker to veto lame duck legislation
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This is called SEIS, and it listens to the pulse of the planet.
In the video posted on Twitter, NASA said mission engineers will eventually move the seismometer off the lander and onto the ground.
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How?: NASA explained that the audio is wind vibrations picked up by two sensors on the lander and not an actual recording from a microphone. Nicknamed WALL-E and EVE after the Pixar movie's stars, the MarCO sats followed the InSight lander for 7 Months and productively transmitted the data of its Mars landing back in merely 8 Min to mission control, utilizing experimental antennas and radios.