Nasa’s new Mars lander has captured the first sounds of the Martian wind. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory released audio clips of the alien wind, which is estimated to be blowing between 10mph to 15mph.
The low-frequency rumblings were collected by the InSight lander during its first week of operations on Mars. These are the first sounds from Mars that are detectable by human ears, according to the researchers.
“Reminds me of sitting outside on a windy summer afternoon …
In some sense, this is what it would sound like if you were sitting on the InSight lander on Mars,” Cornell University’s Don Banfield told reporters.
Scientists involved in the project agree the sound has an otherworldly quality to it. Thomas Pike, of Imperial College London, said the rumbling is “rather different to anything that we’ve experienced on Earth, and I think it just gives us another way of thinking about how far away we are getting these signals”.