Listen to the first sounds of wind on Mars

NASA engineers celebrating the successful landing of the Mars Insight spacecraft at the Mission Support Area in Pasadena California on Nov. 26 2018

For now, it's recording vibrational data that scientists later will be able to use to cancel out noise from the lander when SEIS is on the surface, allowing them to detect better actual marsquakes. That wind pattern is consistent with the direction of dust devil tracks that were observed in the landing area from orbit, NASA said.

InSight sensors captured a haunting low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind on Mars, estimated to be blowing between 10 to 15 miles per hour (5 to 7 meters a second) on December 1, from northwest to southeast, NASA said on Friday.

NASA said that the mission engineers planned to move the seismometer from the lander on to the ground next to it.

The craft's landing comes as part of NASA's mission to explore the planet's deep interior. The first is an air pressure sensor inside the lander, which collects "meteorological data". The sound is eerily similar to the slow and relentless winds of a dusty plane, reports news.com.au.

"The InSight lander acts like a giant ear", said Tom Pike, InSight science team member and sensor designer at Imperial College, London.

The Instrument Deployment Camera aboard NASA's InSight lander took this photo of one of the lander's 7-foot (2.2 meters) wide solar panels.

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'The solar panels on the lander's sides are ideal acoustic receivers, ' Prof Pike said. The first audio clip requires headphones or, ideally, a subwoofer to hear, NASA warns. That's because the seismometer's main goal is to detect marsquakes, or earthquakes on Mars. The spacecraft's air pressure sensor will be continuously recording atmospheric vibrations - that is, winds - for the purposes of adjusting the seismic data that the seismometer will be collecting once it's set down on the surface.

"Capturing this audio was an unplanned treat", Bruce Banerdt, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a press release.

Image from NASA's InSight showing the surface of Mars.

Because InSight's seismometer is created to measure seismic activity, the recorded sounds are near the lower edge of the human ear's sensitivity, around 50 Hz.

We know what Mars looks like, but there's a lot of mystery around what Mars sounds like.

The craft will also have an on board camera that will serve the extremely sci-fi objective of "detect the sound of the instrument's laser as it zaps different materials".

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