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The sounds of Mars???

Does the current Mars rover Curiosity have the capability of listening

to the sounds on Mars?

Seems as though it would be a simple matter to equip the rover with a

microphone that picks up sound and transmits those sounds to Earth so

we can hear Martians talking to each other . . . or whatever sounds

there are on Mars, such as wind blowing.

I heard this morning on NPR that NASA is planning another rover built

from "spare parts" from Curiosity.  What would it take to get NASA to

equip the next Rover with such a capability?

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Passport?

I got an M4 and a green beret.

I don’t need a passport.

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5 Responses to “The sounds of Mars???”

  1. admin says:

    Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names:

    > Does the current Mars rover Curiosity have the capability of listening

    > to the sounds on Mars?

    You want the sounds of Mars? I can do that. Give me a couple of hours

    to get my shotgun mic attached to my digital recorder and get deep

    enough into the country that I don’t pick up any automobile noise. I’ll

    remove the dead kitten to get a bit of wind and there you go.

    > Passport?

    > I got an M4 and a green beret.

    > I don’t need a passport.

    Right. Vietnam? Lost. Lebanon? Lost. "War on Drugs?" Lost. Somalia?

    Lost. Afghanistan? Lost. Iraq? Lost. Doesn’t look to me like the green

    beret and M4 thing has worked out for us over the past 60 years or so.

    I would suggest reigning in the psychopaths and getting some sane

    people with passports–diplomatic passports–moving around the world to

    fix the things that your jingoism and militarism broke up for us.

    And for those of you who are thinking "We need to take that oil from

    Canada because god meant for us to have it," just forget it. That would

    be our most humiliating and devastating defeat of all.


    I agree with almost everything that you have said and almost everything that

    you will say in your entire life.

    usenet *at* davidillig dawt cawm

  2. admin says:

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    On Wed, 05 Dec 2012 09:00:56 -0500, Davoud <s…@sky.net> wrote:

    >Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names:

    >> Does the current Mars rover Curiosity have the capability of listening

    >> to the sounds on Mars?

    >You want the sounds of Mars? I can do that. Give me a couple of hours

    >to get my shotgun mic attached to my digital recorder and get deep

    >enough into the country that I don’t pick up any automobile noise. I’ll

    >remove the dead kitten to get a bit of wind and there you go.

    >> Passport?

    >> I got an M4 and a green beret.

    >> I don’t need a passport.

    >Right. Vietnam? Lost. Lebanon? Lost. "War on Drugs?" Lost. Somalia?

    >Lost. Afghanistan? Lost. Iraq? Lost. Doesn’t look to me like the green

    >beret and M4 thing has worked out for us over the past 60 years or so.

    >I would suggest reigning in the psychopaths and getting some sane

    >people with passports–diplomatic passports–moving around the world to

    >fix the things that your jingoism and militarism broke up for us.

    >And for those of you who are thinking "We need to take that oil from

    >Canada because god meant for us to have it," just forget it. That would

    >be our most humiliating and devastating defeat of all.

    Take a few deep breaths.

    Go out on the deck with two fingers of single malt.

    Sip the single malt while watching the sunset.

    Count your blessings.

  3. admin says:

    Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names:

    > Take a few deep breaths.

    > Go out on the deck with two fingers of single malt.

    I spit in your "single malt." Tastes like turpentine to me.

    Take a few deep breaths and ask yourself "Who am I to tell others how

    to lead their lives?"


    I agree with almost everything that you have said and almost everything that

    you will say in your entire life.

    usenet *at* davidillig dawt cawm

  4. admin says:

    On Wed, 05 Dec 2012 08:16:58 -0500, Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names

    <PopUlist…@hotmail.com> wrote:

    >Does the current Mars rover Curiosity have the capability of listening

    >to the sounds on Mars?

    No.

    >Seems as though it would be a simple matter to equip the rover with a

    >microphone that picks up sound and transmits those sounds to Earth so

    >we can hear Martians talking to each other . . . or whatever sounds

    >there are on Mars, such as wind blowing.

    Nothing placed on a spacecraft is simple. Even a microphone and its

    associated electronics would probably add hundreds of thousands or

    even millions of dollars to the cost of the mission, given all the

    required validation. So in the absence of a compelling scientific

    purpose, a microphone isn’t likely to be included. (At the low

    pressures on Mars, wind sounds would be very quiet compared with those

    on Earth, making the technology more complex.)

    The Mars Polar Lander did have a microphone, but that spacecraft was

    lost when it crashed into Mars (and there is no audio record of that!)

  5. admin says:

    Chris L Peterson:

    > The Mars Polar Lander did have a microphone, but that spacecraft was

    > lost when it crashed into Mars (and there is no audio record of that!)

    Yeah, that’s what they want you to believe. they don’t want you to hear

    the Martians cheering as they danced around the burning wreckage. It

    was especially cruel when one of the Martians quipped "Anyone bring any

    marshmallows?"


    I agree with almost everything that you have said and almost everything that

    you will say in your entire life.

    usenet *at* davidillig dawt cawm

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