Planets

What Would Noises Sound Like On Other Planets?

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To date, we have not recorded sound from the surface of another planet. But Professor Tim Leighton at the University of Southampton has done the next best thing: he used data on the atmospheres, pressures, and temperatures of different worlds to simulate how we would perceive sounds if we were visiting. Venus's soupier atmosphere, he said, would make humans sound like "bass Smurfs."

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The speed of sound waves depends on the medium they're traveling through, and its density. 01:46

  2. Listen to the simulated sound of thunder and a splashing probe on other worlds: 03:25

  3. NASA's Phoenix lander recorded part of its descent onto Mars in 2008, but humans have not yet recorded sound on the surface of another planet. 04:45

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