Fasman’s Finds – Mars

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

This week brings us an audio file that is the first of its kind – a recording taken from the surface of another planet. NASA has previously created a kind of imagined sonic landscape for each planet based on recordings from “interactions of charged electromagnetic particles from the solar wind, ionisphere, and planetary magnetosphere.” I don’t know what that means but y’all are smart, I trust that it’s not someone just farting into a fan. 

Now this audio recording, which, upon further research, was taken with “A COMMERCIAL, OFF-THE-SHELF DEVICE”…wait. I’m sorry. The fuck? Off-WHOSE-shelf? Radioshack? Best Buy? I MUST KNOW. I am confused/miffed/heated about why they didn’t get a fancy microphone built since everything else on this rover is engineered AF but cool cool, sound doesn’t matter that much to NASA, apparently. Whew…OK fine. Y’all are smart, like I said, you must have your reasons, and now we have the first audio recording of Mars, which is so cool…and I can’t wait to hear what it sounds like with some state-of-the-art recording equipment. Anyways, listen to 18 seconds of the surface of Mars. Despite my hemming and hawing about the methods used to procure it, it is very cool and eerie and mind-blowing to hear what another planet sounds like. 


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One Comment to “Fasman’s Finds – Mars”

  1. also who the hell did they get to izotope RX that because it was not a good job >:O

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