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Perseverance Microphones Fulfill Planetary Society Campaign to Hear Sounds from Mars

The first Mars microphone, sponsored by The Planetary Society, flew aboard NASA's Polar Lander spacecraft, which crashed on the Red Planet in 1999.

Listen Up! Microphones to Fly to Mars

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

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

Phoenix Mission Receives OK to Listen for Sounds on Mars

Good news, everyone! The jillions of you who have asked me

Phoenix Sol 2 press conference, in a nutshell

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

No descent images or sounds from Phoenix

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

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

Mars Microphone Ready for Duty

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

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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