Listen to the lonely, spooky sounds of Mars recorded by NASA's Opportunity rover

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Jul 17, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

NASA has published an extremely cool video compilation of the Opportunity Rover’s journey, but the coolest thing might just be that haunting soundtrack.

The compilation of images were taken by hazard-avoidance cameras on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity between January 2004 and April 2015, and show the rover's-eye view of the Martian marathon covering 26.2 miles from its landing location. To keep track of the distance, a map of the rover's path is set up side by side.

That’s well and cool, but crank up the volume and you’ll hear the spooky, haunting sound of what it’s like to be all by yourself on an alien planet. If there were ever a track of audio bottled and distilled of what it means to be alone, this is it. 

Pop in some headphones and check out the video below:

(Via Sploid)