Listen to the first sounds from Mars

An illustration of the In Sight lander its sensors cameras and instruments

There are more plans to record sounds on Mars with the 2002 lander project.

A second version of the audio was also released with the audio pitched slightly higher, where the sound is more perceivable to the human ear. The winds were consistent with the direction of dust devil streaks in the landing area, which were observed from orbit, NASA reports. On Friday, NASA released audio of the Martian wind, the first time sound has been recorded on another planet's surface.

In the video posted on Twitter, NASA said mission engineers will eventually move the seismometer off the lander and onto the ground. It will explore the planet's deep interior and analyze seismic activity or "marsquakes". The new recording uses data from two sources, the air pressure sensor and the seismometer, which are both still on the instrument deck. The sound is eerily similar to the slow and relentless winds of a dusty plane, reports news.com.au.

In the months ahead, Banfield said he's hoping InSight's sensors will pick up the sounds of gusts or other variations in the steady breeze of a Martian afternoon.

The solar panels on the lander's sides are flawless acoustic receivers. The seismometer recording is only possible during these early stages of InSight's mission because once it's placed onto the Martian surface, a dome will protect it from wind and scientists will actively filter out vibrational noise originating from the lander.

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'It is just awesome to hear the first ever sounds from Mars'.

InSight, which landed on 26 November 2018, will study the inside of Mars to learn how planets, moons and meteorites with rocky surfaces, including the Earth and its Moon, formed.

"Capturing this audio was an unplanned treat", said Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. In just a couple years, the British-built Mars 2020 rover is scheduled to land with two actual microphones on board. The seismometer recorded lander vibrations caused by the wind moving over the spacecraft's solar panels, which are each 7 feet (2.2 meters) in diameter and stick out from the sides of the lander like a giant pair of ears.

The craft will also have an on board camera that will serve the extremely sci-fi goal of "detect the sound of the instrument's laser as it zaps different materials".

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