Reply to post: Re: No real sounds from Mars ?

Are there sounds on Mars? NASA launches audio athenaeum


Re: No real sounds from Mars ?

"How hard would it have been to build a microphone into one of those rovers ?"

The Phoenix lander had a microphone and wasn't able to record anything, so the plan to include a microphone in Curiosity's MARDI (its descent camera) was dropped. There's been some debate about whether Phoenix's microphone was working (it might've been frozen).

The Mars Polar Lander also had a microphone, but both the microphone and lander were eaten by the Great Galactic Ghoul. All files of the sounds of digestion were ordered sealed by then-President Clinton to avoid terrifying the public with the probe's robotic death cries.

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