back to article Thanks to all those tax dollars, humans can now hear the faint sounds of earthquakes on Mars

NASA has released audio clips of marsquake recordings taken by its InSight lander currently resident about on the Red Planet. The seismometer, known as the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure or SEIS for short, sniffs out marsquakes and uses the rumblings to reveal the planet’s inner structure. InSight has detected over …

  1. Blockchain commentard

    Are they sure they're not just hearing the Martian's at work in their underground tunnels?

    1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge

      Nah, it's the Voice of the Mysterons doing a sound check...

      1. Captain Scarlet

        We accidently left the mic on after Curry Night.

        Captain Black makes a mean Vindaloo but his Popadoms are a bit greasy!

      2. teknopaul Silver badge

        Might we hear them methane farts that the rovers wiffed?

  2. Spherical Cow Silver badge

    When you are In The Night Garden on Mars you can hear the Dinky Donk, which is the Martian equivalent of Earth's Pinky Ponk and Ninky Nonk.

    1. Colin Bull 1

      Not likely

      More likely to be the baby soup dragon in the volcanic soup well

      1. spold

        Re: Not likely

        Yup - Clanger farts

  3. Oengus


    I am wondering how you hear earthquakes on Mars. Surley they would be Marsquakes...

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Earthquakes?

      What if the instrumentation on InSight really is so sensitive that it can pick up earthquakes on Mars? :)

      1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge

        Re: Earthquakes?

        In space, no-one can hear you rumble?

      2. Oengus

        Re: Earthquakes?

        So they setup an Interferometer on Mars so sensitive that it can measure the gravity waves created by earthquakes...

  4. Twanky Silver badge

    making the signal ring...

    'Earth’s smoother texture means sound waves from seismic activity can propagate through the rock, whereas on Mars they are more likely to scatter, making the signal ring.'

    This does not make sense to me. Shirley if something is cracked it does not ring as well as something that is not cracked. Bells, cups and wheels on trains spring to mind.

    1. teknopaul Silver badge

      Re: making the signal ring...

      Agreed, it typical to "scatter" audio sources with diffusers in recording studios makes them ring less.

    2. Tom 7 Silver badge

      Re: making the signal ring...

      Earths surface is largely made from cooled lava and is quite good at conducting sound. Mars has had the shit beaten out of it over the years and not had tectonics to fix it and so is far more cracked than the earth.

      For now.

  5. spold

    Dinky Donk

    apparently can refer to Therapy Donkeys & Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys.

    Love to see someone take their therapy donkey on a plane.

    As long as they are not sitting next to me.

    Are there Therapy Asses? (Vicar)

  6. karlkarl Silver badge

    I wish my UK taxes went to useful things like this :/

    1. M. Poolman

      Some of it was funded by UK

      There's quite an interesting Sky at Night program on BBC iPlayer about it. The sensors were developed in Oxford.

  7. MrKrotos

    Martian farts?

    How would someone know the difference?

  8. Daedalus Silver badge

    Apologies to NASA

    It were just our Ivy flushin' t'lavatory.

  9. William Higinbotham

    Voice heard

    Greetings Earthlings - It's Marvin the Martian.

    1. Oengus

      Re: Voice heard

      Now where did I put that Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator?

  10. sitta_europea Silver badge

    That's the first time I've ever hear sounds from antoher planet.


    "... bang the rocks together, guys!"

  11. Aussie Doc Bronze badge

    Just WOW!

    Hats off to all the boffins involved. They probably have these ------->

    I don't know if it's just because I'm an old fart in my 60's but I got a real buzz out of listening to that.

    So much tech has happened within my reasonably short lifetime and this sort of thing still makes me go "Ooooo."

    Hope I never grow out of it.

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