Greek musician sends a microphone to Mars

6 April 2021

Greek musician Iason Achilleas Mezilis and his team designed a microphone to record sound on the planet Mars.

Mezilis placed the microphone in Perseverance to record the sounds on the red planet.

This experimental device traveled to Mars along with another audio recorder made by French scientists.

“The other microphone is mainly for science, to study the sounds that rocks make when they explode, when lasers hit them. Our microphone is primarily there to be cool. It is more to fascinate and inspire. “If we can combine the two microphones, I hope to hear the sound from the surface of Mars in stereo and I think it will create a more tangible experience for people to be able to dream of a trip to Mars one day,” said the Greek musician in ERT.

At the same time the first sound document from the surface of the planet Mars, as recorded by the space rover Perseverance, published by NASA.

The Perseverance space rover successfully landed on the surface of Mars one month agoand recorded from its two microphones the first sonic “document” from the red planet. And this was nothing more than “gusts of wind”, as announced by NASA representatives. In the short soundtrack, a loud sound is heard, the noise of the rover, but also the wind that blows on Mars. “Yes, you just heard a gust of wind on the surface of Mars, which was recorded by the microphone and sent to Earth,” said Dave Gruel, head of these components. These are “the first sounds recorded on the surface of Mars”, he added, in the press conference he gave.

The Perseverance is equipped with two microphones, one of which is mounted on the SuperCam science instrument, an advanced technology camera the size of a shoebox.

“We hope to be able to continue using these microphones to capture sounds,” Growell said.


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