One of the coolest things about NASA's new InSight lander that has just arrived on Mars. It has the potential to teach a lot about how Mars works. Before that happens, NASA has started to use the robot to begin using its powerful instruments. and in doing so the Jet Propulsion Laboratory actually captured the sounds of wind whipping across the dusty Martian surface.
In a new video, JPL explains that InSight's onboard seismometer began to detect vibrations. Hitting the robot's solar panel array and causing them to shake. NASA recorded the vibrations and now you can listen to yourself.
As the video goes, the pitch of the sound is extremely low and can barely be heard unless you have headphones on and the volume cranked up. A filter that raises the pitch of the sound makes it much easier to hear.
The result is a recording that sounds a bit like what you'd hear if you cupped your hands over your ears in a brisk wind.
But NASA did not stop there. A separate instrument that measures them back to Earth. The video includes that recording as well, sped up and filtered so it's easier to hear.
It's pretty cool to hear wind from another planet, even if it sounds exactly like wind here on Earth. It's also a great demonstration of InSight's capabilities, and a showcase of how powerful and sensitive its instruments truly are. In the near future, JPL wants to get the robot ready to deploy its sensors on the ground around its base and that's when the real fun will begin.