Hosted by Richard Wiese—explorer extraordinaire and President of The Explorers Club—this episode of the “Life’s Tough: Explorers are TOUGHER!” podcast features Nina Lanza, distinguished planetary scientist, Mars expert and Mars rover operator.
NPR Morning Edition, 25 February 2021 (6 min 43 s): https://www.npr.org/2021/02/25/971261718/nasas-mars-mission-goal-find-evidence-of-past-life-on-the-red-planet
What would music sound like on Mars? We played “Clair de Lune” by Debussy in a Mars chamber, which mimics the environment of Mars and allows scientists to test how equipment will hold up. In this case, we hear what music would sound like to our ears if we were on the surface of Mars, and I explain why the sound is different from what we would hear on Earth.
We are one month from the Perseverance landing on Mars! To celebrate, have a listen to the excellent Mars Technica podcast, in which our team discusses the mission and our instrument.
Could Jezero Crater hold the keys to unlocking an ancient and hidden past when life existed on the Martian surface? As NASA’s Perseverance rover heads to Mars to find out, we take you on board the spacecraft to learn more about some of its incredible exploratory technology from the scientists who created it. Come journey with us on our exciting limited-series podcast by Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Dr. Nina Lanza
Dr. Nina Lanza is the Team Lead for Space and Planetary Exploration in Space and Remote Sensing (ISR-2) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is the Principal Investigator for the ChemCam instrument onboard the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover and a science team member for the SuperCam instrument onboard the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. Her current research focuses on understanding the origin and nature of manganese minerals on Mars and how they may serve as potential biosignatures. Dr. Lanza has authored or coauthored 50 peer-reviewed publications, including two first-author book chapters. Read full bio.