You can hear this sound on Mars. NASA showed what meteoroid impacts sound like

InSight, an unmanned lander sent by NASA to Mars as part of the Discovery program, detected the seismic waves of four space rocks that crashed on the Red Planet in 2020 and 2021. This is the first time we can hear the sound of meteoroids hitting an alien planet .

In the prestigious journal Nature Geoscience, scientists described in detail the impact of four cosmic rocks that crashed on the surface of the Red Planet. The events took place in the Elysium Planitia region, between 85 and 290 km from the site the InSight landerthat settled on the surface of Mars in November 2018.

The NASA lander registered strange noises

As noted by the researchers, meteoroid impacts shape the surfaces of planets, creating new craters and changing the composition of the atmosphere, and objects entering the atmosphere and hitting the surface create transitional acoustic and seismic waves. So far (apart from Earth), no new crater formations and the associated mechanical waves caused by the impacts have been observed at the same time. This is why the latest research is so important.

Scientists, thanks to the use of, inter alia, The InSight lander seismometer, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter space probe and the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) cameras collected the data needed to confirm all four impacts. The strongest of these was on September 5, 2021. A meteoroid hit the surface Mars, it crashed into at least three pieces, each of them leaving a trail of a new crater. The others took place on May 27, 2020, February 18, 2021 and August 31, 2021.

The sound of the meteoroid impact that the InSight lander detected was made available by NASA in the form of a short video. You can listen to it below.

Karolina Modzelewska, journalist of Wirtualna Polska

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