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Listen to music ‘written’ by doomed Aeolus wind-studying satellite

Earth’s wind has never sounded like this.

To mark the end of the Aeolus satellite, which will die in a fiery first-of-its-kind reentry this week, the European Space Agency (ESA) released a video titled “Life of Aeolus,” a musical piece written for a small wind ensemble based on one year of wind data collected by the satellite. The data was sonified — turned into sound — by assigning different types of Aeolus data to the pitch, volume and length of each musical note in “Life of Aeolus.” Events recorded by the Aeolus satellite such as volcanic eruptions and storms are represented by drums or synthetic wind noises.

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