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Listen Up! Microphones to Fly to Mars

Bruce Betts • July 15, 2016 • 2

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.

A new hope for a microphone on Mars: Enhancing Mars 2020 science with sound

Bruce Betts and Emily Lakdawalla • February 15, 2016 • 6

When the Mars 2020 rover lands, we may finally hear the first audio recordings from the Martian surface.

We're going back to Mars in 2016!

Bill Nye • August 20, 2012 • 9

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.

Phoenix Mission Receives OK to Listen for Sounds on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • September 18, 2008

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.

Phoenix Sol 2 press conference, in a nutshell

Emily Lakdawalla • May 27, 2008

Emily hits the high points of today's press conference.

No descent images or sounds from Phoenix

Emily Lakdawalla • November 15, 2007

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.

Netlander Mission Cancelled

• June 15, 2004

Due to funding difficulties within the French space agency, CNES, the Netlander mission has been officially canceled.

Mars Microphone Ready for Duty

• October 08, 1999

The Planetary Society's Mars Microphone is on board the Mars Polar Lander, and as far as we can tell, in good shape.

Latest Round of Mars Microphone Tests Successful

• February 06, 1998

The Mars Microphone has successfully gone through its latest round of testing in preparation for launch on the Mars Surveyor spacecraft in January 1999.

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