First sounds recorded on surface of Mars by Nasa Insight probe

InSight is designed to study the interior of Mars like never before using seismology instruments to detect quakes and a self-hammering mole to measure heat escape from the planet's crust

First sounds recorded on surface of Mars by Nasa Insight probe

For the first time, humans can hear the sound of wind on Mars thanks to a new NASA spacecraft that touched down on the Red Planet ten days ago. NASA shared two copies of the wind recording, one as it was captured and another adjusted for playback on phones and laptops.

These pictures are crucial to InSight's mission-they will help NASA decide where to set up InSight's seismometer and heat-flow probe.

The mission is an example of our successful space sector making a difference to global science.

This is the only time during the mission that the seismometer - called the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, or SEIS - is capable of detecting these sounds. The seismometer will be moved to the Martian surface in the coming weeks.

Sue Horne, head of space exploration at the UK Space Agency, said: 'This is brilliant news because it means we know the sensors have survived the rigours of landing on Mars and are meeting the requirements to achieve their science goals. "It's been 130 years since the first seismic record on Earth and nearly 50 years since a seismometer was placed on the Moon during the Apollo program".

'It's like InSight is cupping its ears'.

InSight science team member Tom Pike says the lander acts like a giant ear as the solar panels respond to the wind. The craft will stay put until November 24, 2020, measuring quakes that happen anywhere on Mars.

To get the first data from the seismometer instrument package has been fantastic and even with a short test run the analysis is now full swing.

NASA's Viking 1 and 2 landers also picked up signals of the Martian wind when they landed in 1976.

NASA InSight snapped this raw photo using its arm-mounted instrument deployment camera. Those listening on a laptop or their phone might not be able to hear the original sound of the wind blowing across the lander's solar panels because the pitch is so low. That lander is scheduled to arrive on Mars in two years and will have microphones on board to record direct sounds, including the sound of the landing. The sample includes data gathered during the first 15 minutes that the sensors were recording. It will also record the sound of the instrument's laser as it zaps different materials, helping to identify the material based on the sound it makes.

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