What Does Mars Sound Like At 2PM?

Seismic happenings from NASAs InSight recordings      20/02/21

A week after NASA landed a car-sized rover on Mars capable of beaming back stunning new images of the surface - you'd be forgiven for wondering what the place sounds like. NASA's InSight lander from 2019 was fitted with a sensitive seismometer, called the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS), which can pick up vibrations as subtle as a breeze.

Taking seismic readings to study 'Marsquakes', it picked up the ambience of the planet as well as wind gusts, Insight's robotic arm moving and the spacecraft itself. The instrument was provided by the French space agency, Centre National d'√Čtudes Spatiales (CNES), and its partners.

Recorded on March 6, 2019, the 98th Martian day, or sol, of the mission at around 2 PM local Mars time, the sounds have been sped-up and processed for them to be audible to the human ear. 

There's a full article over on the recordings on the NASA website.  


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