'BLOOP': NASA MARS LANDER CAPTURES WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE WHEN A METEORITE HITS MARS
Whether it was through a movie or reality, humans have always wondered what it would be like if a significant space rock hit Earth.
Believe it or not, space material is always hitting our planet; NASA says scientist estimate 48.5 tons of it do every day. Even though material like meteors, also known as fireballs, have been known to cause a loud "boom" or light up the sky, it's rare to hear the material actually hits Earth's surface.
But on neighboring Mars, NASA says, scientists were able to "hear" what it sounds like when space rocks hit a planet.
NASA's InSight lander, which has been studying Mars' interior since touching down on the surface in 2018, was able to detect seismic waves from four space rocks that hit the planet in 2020 and 2021, marking the first time such waves have ever been detected on Mars. The researchers' findings were published in the journal Nature Geoscience on Monday.