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They got music in their solar system

Undoubtedly sparked by a little scientific debate in our news comments, two scientist decided to find out for sure exactly how Smoke on the Water sounds on Mars. Their verdict?

Forget trying to listen on Mars, though. The Martian atmosphere is 95 per cent carbon dioxide, a chilly 220 Kelvin and very wispy indeed, which effectively kills the sound.

Titan is the only moon in the solar system with an atmosphere worth its salt. […] Titan’s atmosphere absorbs the least acoustic energy. In the audible frequency range, the attenuation is at least 100 times lower than on Earth, making Smoke on the Water sound louder, with a rich, thumping bass.

That riff gets everywhere… Of course, for their experiment to be truly scientific, venerable professors should have used Space Truckin’. We are anxiously awaiting revised results.

Thanks to Elinor for sharp eyes.



3 Comments to “They got music in their solar system”:

  1. 1
    James Gemmell says:

    Well, at least astronaut Kalpana Chawla played ‘Space Truckin’ ‘ aboard the ill-fated space shuttle Columbia.

  2. 2
    Rainer James says:

    i love the song and all about DEEP PURPLE maybe someone or something out there does too.

  3. 3
    Cranberry says:

    I think in the name of science we should test the following:-

    Send JLT and Malmsteen to Titan, let them crucify a few DP songs, and lets all hope we cant hear them back on earth!!

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