It's been almost two weeks since NASA's InSight Probe landed on Mars and already the costly spacecraft is hard at work sending information back to ground control.
Latest images from NASA's Mars InSight lander - which successfully touched down on the Red Planet last week - show its robotic arm is ready to do some lifting, the United States space agency said.
It's been 11 days since InSight made its picture-perfect landing on Mars.
The sounds were recorded by an air pressure sensor inside the lander that's part of a weather station, as well as the seismometer on the deck of the spacecraft. The spacecraft, which is parked on a broad plain north of the Martian equator known as Elysium Planitia, will measure the frequency and magnitude of marsquakes and show how heat from deep inside Mars makes its way to the surface.
Sensing the wind, which moved from northwest to southeast at around 5 pm local time, was "an unplanned treat", said Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "By early next week, we'll be imaging it in finer detail and creating a full mosaic".
Another camera called the Instrument Context Camera will be used to offer snapshots of the workspace, although the view won't be as pretty as these stunning pics.
In a more recent message from the InSight, we were treated to another exciting update in the form of a clip providing the first ever "sounds" of Martian winds. That recording - which at times sounds like a regular blustery day on Earth and other times has the muted, hollow quality reminiscent of being underwater - would essentially be what a person would hear if they were sitting on the InSight lander on Mars, said Don Banfield, the science lead for InSight's air pressure sensor and a planetary scientist at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. "But one of the things our mission is dedicated to is measuring motion on Mars, and naturally that includes motion caused by sound waves". No, this is not science-fiction - this is actually happening, people.
NASA's InSight touched down on the Red Planet on November 26, and is set to be the first probe sent to investigate the interior of Mars. The $1 billion project will see the probe use various devices to relay information back to NASA about the planet's deep structure, mapping its core, crust and mantle.