The Mars 2020 mission will carry microphones in its EDL package and its SuperCam instrument, which will enable us to finally hear the sounds of Mars. The Planetary Society has been trying to get microphones to Mars for 20 years and is ecstatic that these will fly.
When the Mars 2020 rover lands, we may finally hear the first audio recordings from the Martian surface.
Today, NASA announced the newest Discovery-class mission, a Mars lander called InSight. It's not a rover; it's a drill that will go down 5 meters and help us figure out what happens in the core of our neighboring terrestrial planet.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2008/09/18 11:06 CDT
Good news, everyone! The jillions of you who have asked me "are they ever going to record sounds using microphone on Phoenix?" now have at least part of an answer.
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2007/11/15 11:05 CST
A couple of days ago Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS) issued a news notice that explains some of the horse-trading that went on behind the scenes to rescue MARDI, the descent imaging camera that they are building for the Mars Science Laboratory rover.
An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.