NASA Released Breathtaking New Images From The Surface Of Mars

08 December, 2018, 01:53 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • 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

The NASA InSight lander, which is supported by the UK Space Agency, has recorded a haunting, low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind. "When we looked at the direction of the lander vibrations coming from the solar panels, it matches the expected wind direction at our landing site".

"Capturing this audio was an unplanned treat", InSight principal investigator Bruce Banerdt said.

After recently beaming back a selfie of its robotic arm raised in triumph, as the Inquisitr reported on Wednesday, the InSight Mars lander has snapped another photo of its 6-feet-long appendage.

This spectrogram shows the first data collected by one of the three sensors on InSight's short-period seismometer.

"It's a little like a flag waving in the wind", he added.

The sound of wind is easily recognizable to most people on Earth but for the first time the sound of wind on Mars has been released. These instruments will be the first ever to be robotically placed on the surface of another planet. The air pressure sensor detected the air vibrations directly while the seismometer recorded vibrations caused by the Martian wind blowing across InSight's solar panels.


But while the instruments on InSight can capture data in human-friendly frequencies, higher-pitched sounds don't travel well on Mars.

Two sensors picked up the vibrations: an air pressure sensor inside the lander and a seismometer on the lander's deck, awaiting to be deployed to the surface by InSight's robotic arm.

'It's like InSight is cupping its ears'. The air pressure sensor, part of the Auxiliary Payload Sensor Subsystem (APSS), which will collect meteorological data, recorded these air vibrations directly. It will explore the planet's deep interior and analyze seismic activity or "marsquakes".

InSight science team member Tom Pike says the lander acts like a giant ear as the solar panels respond to the wind. It still will detect the lander's movement, though channeled through the Martian surface.

In the meantime, the sounds of the Martian wind are a poignant reminder of just how far InSight has flown: more than 300 million miles (480 million kilometers), becoming only the eighth spacecraft to successfully touch down on the Red Planet.

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