NASA’s latest weather station atop the Mars’ InSight lander.Credit: NASA/JPL

NASA’s first 24 hour Mars weather station has detected an unexplained, low-frequency infrasound. The infrasound was detected some 72 hours ago as it swept past a suite of detectors atop the InSight Mission lander, Cornell University planetary scientist Don Banfield told me.

Because infrasound waves have such low-frequency, they lie at least several octaves below the human range of hearing. But this particular infrasound’s amplitude was pretty big, Banfield, InSight’s science lead for its auxiliary payload sensor subsystem, says. And if equipped, one might have heard it as it rolled through at a period of one-hundredth of a hertz, over a period of 100 seconds, he says.

As for its source?

Banfield speculates that the infrasound could have been caused by a meteor crashing into Mars’ atmosphere; some sort of airflow over an underlying stable local atmosphere; or maybe even a landslide. He has no idea about how the distance to the source of this infrasound, but he says the insight team may be able to determine that once they have done further analysis.

Even so, the weather station’s real purpose is to measure wind speed, temperature changes and barometric pressure that could all interfere with the lander’s unique measurements of Mars’ deep interior.

Thus far, the InSight lander, which took up residence just north of the Martian equator on the plains of Elysium Planitia, has gone swimmingly. But InSight only arrived in late November and has a nominal two-year mission to probe Mars’ deep interior and measure the planet’s interior heat flow.

As for the station’s wind measurements?

The seismometer is tremendously sensitive, so we want to measure the wind to know when to take the best seismic data, says Banfield. That’s because when it’s really windy, the lander and rocks nearby are actually shaking.

“So there’s a lot of seismic noise,” said Banfield.

There are also effects from pressure changes when dust devils pass, says Banfield. Although Mars’ atmosphere is equal to only one percent that of earth, he says, you can still feel the wind on Mars; it definitely moves sand and dust.

Such low-pressure whirlwinds of Martian soil can spin at nearly 60 miles an hour and reach heights of 10 kilometers and span a hundred meters in diameter.

Because the lander’s air pressure sensor is ten times more sensitive than such sensors on previous Mars landers, the insight team can spot detect dust devils from hundreds of feet (dozens of meters) away.

There have already been other surprises.

In the foreground are two trays of germinating Arabidopsis seeds nestled among the rocks at the Haughton-Mars Project site in far-northern Canada. This impact crater site on Devon Island is an earthly analog to the surface of Mars.Credit: NASA/Haughton-Mars Project 2007.

Thus far, Cornell reports that the coldest temperatures the weather monitoring equipment on insight has thus far detected, ranging from minus 139 degrees Fahrenheit (F) which occur around 5 A.M. Martian time. The warmest temperature that insight has thus far recorded, has been 23 F.

NASA has set up a webpage for the public to check on Mars surface conditions here. The page updates twice a day in order to give Mars’ buffs a sense of being there in real time.

What spot on Earth is most Mars-like?

The barren Canadian Arctic which is dry, with no life except a few polar bears, says Banfield.

“Haughton Crater on Devon Island in the Canadian Far Arctic looks very Mars-like as it’s quite cold and dry,” said Banfield. “But Mars is more extreme than anything you could find on Earth.”

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NASA’s newest weather condition station atop the Mars’ InSight lander. Credit: NASA/JPL

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When it comes to its source?

Banfield hypothesizes that the infrasound might have been brought on by a meteor crashing into Mars’ environment; some sort of air flow over an underlying steady regional environment; or perhaps even a landslide. He has no concept about how the range to the source of this infrasound, however he states the insight group might have the ability to identify that when they have actually done more analysis.

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When it comes to the station’s wind measurements?

The seismometer is enormously delicate, so we wish to determine the wind to understand when to take the very best seismic information, states Banfield. That’s because when it’s truly windy, the lander and rocks close by are in fact shaking.

” So there’s a great deal of seismic sound,” stated Banfield.

There are likewise impacts from pressure modifications when dust devils pass, states Banfield. Although Mars’ environment amounts to just one percent that of earth, he states, you can still feel the wind on Mars; it absolutely moves sand and dust.

Such low-pressure whirlwinds of Martian soil can spin at almost 60 miles an hour and reach heights of 10 kilometers and cover a hundred meters in size.

Since the lander’s atmospheric pressure sensing unit is 10 times more delicate than such sensing units on previous Mars landers, the insight group can identify find dust devils from numerous feet (lots of meters) away.

There have actually currently been other surprises.

In the foreground are 2 trays of sprouting Arabidopsis seeds nestled amongst the rocks at the Haughton-Mars Task website in far-northern Canada. This effect crater website on Devon Island is an earthly analog to the surface area of Mars. Credit: NASA/Haughton-Mars Task 2007.

So far, Cornell reports that the coldest temperature levels the weather condition tracking devices on insight has actually so far identified, varying from minus 139 degrees Fahrenheit (F) which happen around 5 A.M. Martian time. The hottest temperature level that insight has actually so far taped, has actually been 23 F.

NASA has actually established a website for the general public to look at Mars surface area conditions here. The page updates two times a day in order to provide Mars’ enthusiasts a sense of existing in genuine time.

What area in the world is most Mars-like?

The barren Canadian Arctic which is dry, without any life other than a couple of polar bears, states Banfield.

” Haughton Crater on Devon Island in the Canadian Far Arctic looks extremely Mars-like as it’s rather cold and dry,” stated Banfield. “However Mars is more severe than anything you might discover in the world.”

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NASA’s newest weather condition station atop the Mars’ InSight lander. Credit: NASA/JPL

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NASA’s very first 24 hour Mars weather condition station has actually identified an inexplicable, low-frequency infrasound. The infrasound was identified some 72 hours back as it swept past a suite of detectors atop the InSight Objective lander, Cornell University planetary researcher Don Banfield informed me.

Since infrasound waves have such low-frequency, they lie a minimum of numerous octaves listed below the human series of hearing. However this specific infrasound’s amplitude was quite huge, Banfield, InSight’s science lead for its auxiliary payload sensing unit subsystem, states. And if geared up, one may have heard it as it rolled through at a duration of one-hundredth of a hertz, over a duration of 100 seconds, he states.

When it comes to its source?

Banfield hypothesizes that the infrasound might have been brought on by a meteor crashing into Mars’ environment; some sort of air flow over an underlying steady regional environment; or perhaps even a landslide. He has no concept about how the range to the source of this infrasound, however he states the insight group might have the ability to identify that when they have actually done more analysis.

However, the weather condition station’s genuine function is to determine wind speed, temperature level modifications and barometric pressure that might all disrupt the lander’s special measurements of Mars’ deep interior.

So far, the InSight lander, which resided simply north of the Martian equator on the plains of Elysium Planitia, has actually gone swimmingly. However InSight just got here in late November and has a small two-year objective to probe Mars’ deep interior and determine the world’s interior heat circulation.

When it comes to the station’s wind measurements?

The seismometer is enormously delicate, so we wish to determine the wind to understand when to take the very best seismic information , states Banfield. That’s because when it’s truly windy, the lander and rocks close by are in fact shaking.

“So there’s a great deal of seismic sound,” stated Banfield.

There are likewise impacts from pressure modifications when dust devils pass, states Banfield. Although Mars’ environment amounts to just one percent that of earth, he states, you can still feel the wind on Mars; it absolutely moves sand and dust.

Such low-pressure whirlwinds of Martian soil can spin at almost 60 miles an hour and reach heights of 10 kilometers and cover a hundred meters in size.

Since the lander’s atmospheric pressure sensing unit is 10 times more delicate than such sensing units on previous Mars landers, the insight group can identify find dust devils from numerous feet (lots of meters) away.

There have actually currently been other surprises.

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In the foreground are 2 trays of sprouting Arabidopsis seeds nestled amongst the rocks at the Haughton-Mars Task website in far-northern Canada. This effect crater website on Devon Island is an earthly analog to the surface area of Mars. Credit: NASA/Haughton-Mars Task2007

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So far, Cornell reports that the coldest temperature levels the weather condition tracking devices on insight has actually so far identified, varying from minus 139 degrees Fahrenheit (F) which happen around 5 A.M. Martian time. The hottest temperature level that insight has actually so far taped, has actually been 23 F.

NASA has actually established a website for the general public to look at Mars surface area conditions here. The page updates two times a day in order to provide Mars’ enthusiasts a sense of existing in genuine time.

What area in the world is most Mars-like?

The barren Canadian Arctic which is dry, without any life other than a couple of polar bears, states Banfield.

“Haughton Crater on Devon Island in the Canadian Far Arctic looks extremely Mars-like as it’s rather cold and dry,” stated Banfield. “However Mars is more severe than anything you might discover in the world.”

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