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MARDI microphone, maybe possibly it'll be turned on?
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post Oct 21 2008, 05:22 PM
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Bang a few pots....I like it.
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post Oct 23 2008, 01:05 AM
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I really hope that they get the microphone up and running before Phoenix kicks the bucket. Even just a few minutes of hearing the whisper of the Martian winds would be pretty cool.
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post Oct 26 2008, 05:49 AM
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QUOTE (fredk @ Oct 21 2008, 11:04 AM) *

Thanks, fredk. I enjoyed that article. This lander's mission was really quite complicated, was it not? Since Phoenix is not a rover, it was interesting to see how the team assigned priorities. Organics, isotopes, ions, and whatever else they hoped to find, this has been a really fascinating planetary adventure. smile.gif I want to see another one. Hearing something will be fun, but it's not the highest priority on my agenda. I am fully prepared to begin banging pots at any time, if that is required.


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post Oct 31 2008, 08:00 PM
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Does anyone know if they ever got a chance to use the microphone? Also, is it still being considered (although banging with the arm is obviously out of the question?). It seems that when they are back up and running, while the most obvious source of noise is gone, it might be worth giving it a go now (in other words, they don't have nearly as much to lose considering so many of the instruments are out of operation).


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post Oct 31 2008, 10:28 PM
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QUOTE (tedstryk @ Oct 31 2008, 01:00 PM) *
Does anyone know if they ever got a chance to use the microphone?


The Twitter feed (October 29) gave an indication or two that it might be tried before too long, but then the storm hit.

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The mic may still be turned on. But, it was never intended for use on this mission & it never had a heater- so it may be a longshot


If they had done it I think it would have been reported on Twitter or a news release.
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post Nov 5 2008, 11:46 PM
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This is somewhat old news -- at least 24 hours old -- but I just saw this topic and thought it should be reported here:

Planetary Society Weblog: Phoenix update: Not dead yet [...]

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Phoenix update: Not dead yet; still in "Lazarus mode;" one attempt at microphone use did not work
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They attempted to use the MARDI camera, including its microphone, somewhere around sol 146 (give or take a couple sols). It did not respond. But Barry thought that perhaps they hadn't allowed sufficient time for the instrument to warm up before commanding it to take data. Barry said he has "become a true believer in trying to get the microphone on" ever since Veronica McGregor passed him a message that had been received on the Phoenix Twitter feed from a blind man who pointed out that he never had a chance to see the pictures from Mars; sound would allow him, and others like him, to experience a foreign planet for the first time. Barry said he has instructed the team to include an attempt to use the microphone somewhere in the terminal science mode sequence, but he wasn't sure where it fell.
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post Nov 5 2008, 11:53 PM
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