NASA's InSight lander captures first 'sounds' of wind on Red planet

Mars In Sight view of lander deck

NASA's InSIght Lander Sent Photos From Mars

The first image the lander sent back right after it made its successful landing was obstructed and hard to make out because the lens cap was still on the camera but with the cap off the photos are far more clear now.

NASA's InSight lander touched down on Mars 10 days ago, and has already sent its first pictures.

The Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC), located on the robotic arm of NASA's InSight lander, took this image of the Martian surface the day the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet, and was relayed from InSight to Earth via NASA's Odyssey spacecraft, now orbiting Mars, on November 26, 2018.

NASA's InSight Lander captured a low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind on the red planet.

So, the spacecraft recorded vibrations of the wind speed which ranged from 16 to 24 kilometers per hour.

The information from these small observers returned far rapidly than from Martian orbiters of NASA that weren't in the appropriate location to observe the InSight landing. The U.S. space agency released an audio sample featuring the winds from the surface of the Red Planet.

In the video posted on Twitter, NASA said mission engineers will eventually move the seismometer off the lander and onto the ground. "But one of the things our mission is dedicated to is measuring motion on Mars, and naturally that includes motion caused by sound waves".

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An upcoming mission, the Mars 2020 rover, will have two microphones on board for clearer sound recording.

InSight lander's sensors are created to detect quakes and air pressure through wind vibrations.

NASA's InSight lander on the surface of Mars.

In a few weeks, it will be placed on the Martian surface by InSight's robotic arm, then covered by a domed shield to protect it from wind and temperature changes. CNES and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) provided the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) instrument, with significant contributions from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany, the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) in Switzerland, Imperial College and Oxford University in the United Kingdom, and JPL.

"Even though the Viking seismometer picked up what I would call motions of the spacecraft, I think it would be a stretch to call those sounds", he said.

"The solar panels on the lander's sides respond to pressure fluctuations of the wind".

Earlier it was reported that the InSight probe made a successful landing on Mars at the end of November 2019.

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