Sounds in space: What noises do planets make?


In 2022, people on Earth were able to hear the planetary sounds of Mars thanks to two microphones installed on board NASA’s Perseverance rover. The audio clips of these sounds in space captured range from a gust of Martian wind to the snapping sound of the rover’s laser hitting a rock.

According to NASA (opens in new tab)these sounds are subtly different from what you would hear on Earthbeing quieter and more muffled due to the lower density and different composition of the Martian atmosphere. Even so, anyone expecting other planets to sound truly “alien” might be disappointed by just how ordinary Perseverance’s recordings sound.

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