Listen to the first sounds from Mars

View of robotic arm

These are the first sounds from Mars that are detectible by human ears, according to the researchers.

NASA released the spacecraft InSight, which depicted his robotic arm with a length of nearly two meters.

"To me, the sounds are really unworldly", Bruce Banerdt, the principal investigator of the mission, said during a news conference on Friday. "But one of the things our mission is dedicated to is measuring motion on Mars, and naturally that includes motion caused by sound waves".

The NASA InSight took this photo of the surface of Mars using its robotic arm-mounted, Instrument Deployment Camera after touching down on the surface of the planet, November 26, 2018. The equipment will gather vibrations from deep within the Red Planet.

This is the only time when vibrations from the lander will be recorded by the seismometer, since it will be moved by the craft's robotic armed and placed on the Martian surface, along with other instruments. Back in the 1980s, two Soviet spacecraft, Venera 13 and Venera 14, recorded sounds from the surface of Venus. It's like InSight is cupping its ears and hearing the Mars wind beating on it. The seismometer recorded lander vibrations caused by the wind moving over the spacecraft's solar panels, which are each 7 feet (2.2 metres) in diameter and stick out from the sides of the lander like a giant pair of ears.

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The reason for having a seismometer on the lander is to see if earthquakes (which on Mars are called Marsquakes) behave in the same way as they do on earth.

JPL's Tom Hoffman, project manager for the InSight mission, said the view will be a bit hazy, due to dust and debris that was thrown up during last week's landing.

More images from InSight's arm were scheduled to come down this past weekend.

NASA sent microphones to Mars on the Mars Polar Lander spacecraft in 1999, which crashed during its landing attempt, and on the Phoenix Mars lander; that instrument was left turned off, however, because it could have caused problems during landing.

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