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What Might Mars Sound Like?

8/23/16 8:57 AM

It may seem like science fiction, but soon we'll know exactly what it sounds like on Mars. NASA's Mars 2020 project promises to send a new rover to the Red Planet in the summer of that year that will be wired for sound, allowing scientists to hear the ambient noises of another planet for the first time. Rovers sent to Mars have been fitted with microphones before, but the 2020 project will be the first mission in which the sound equipment will be put to use gathering data.

The Mars 2020 mission is intended to follow up on discoveries made by NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on our nearest planetary neighbor in August of 2012. Curiosity discovered evidence suggesting that the conditions for microbial life do indeed exist on Mars, and, in fact, the desert sphere was a thriving wetland more than 3.5 billion years ago.

While the 2020 rover's primary mission is to analyze Martian soil and rocks, the opportunity to hear the sounds of a foreign world is tantalizing for researchers and laypeople alike. Curiosity's camera captured images that forever changed the way people think about Mars. Now, the 2020 rover's microphone is set to pick up that mantle and continue the work of unraveling the mysteries of our solar system.

MadgeTech, an industry leader in data logger technology, manufactures several data loggers with aerospace applications. The Pulse101A data logger can capture and measure events such as sound waves in environments between -40 °C and 80 °C (-40 °F to 176 °F), making it almost as rugged as the sound data loggers on NASA's 2020 rover!

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