The Winds of Mars


Jennifer Randall, Reporter

On November 26th, 2018, the Mars insight lander reached the surface of the red Planet after a six month journey. The goal was to measure sienmic activity and intensity of the “Marsquakes.” But what the people in charge learned is that the sensors have captured the first sounds of mars wind. Though they are raised two octaves in order to be able to be perceptible to the human ear. This is the first time in history that humans have heard the sound of mars winds.

These vibrations were captured on December 1st while the winds on mars were blowing between 10-15 miles per hour. NASA described the sound as haunting. The winds were captured by an air pressure sensor inside the lander and seismometer on the landers deck. This is just the first step of learning what there is on mars. In 2020, NASA’s mars rover, appropriately named 2020, is planned to land on the red planet in February 2021.

Though the winds were an “Unplanned treat.” As Bruce Banerdt of NASA’s Jet propulsion laboratory said, NASA plans to capture more of this audio in the future with each rover and lander.

NASA also reports that by 2040, a manned mission to mars is realistic, according to former astronaut Buzz aldrin and nasa scientists due to getting to Mars moon, Phobos, is the first step in getting to mars. Getting the sounds of the Martian winds is just the beginning of the exploration. This could be a fantastic discovery in order to help humans get to mars in 22 years. The size of the siemic quakes could pose a problem but that is a problem we can face in the future as we get closer to landing on mars.