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The first Mars microphone, sponsored by The Planetary Society, flew aboard NASA's Polar Lander spacecraft, which crashed on the Red Planet in 1999.
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.
Good news, everyone! The jillions of you who have asked me
Emily hits the high points of today's press conference.
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.
Due to funding difficulties within the French space agency, CNES, the Netlander mission has been officially canceled.
The Planetary Society's Mars Microphone is on board the Mars Polar Lander, and as far as we can tell, in good shape.
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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