by Nancy Atkinson on August 5, 2013
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Singing science instruments. What will they think of next? But actually, it’s more of a hum.
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Curiosity’s SAM instrument (NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with the Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy podcasts. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity Rover
a happy shaking to you, may you thrill us all on your humday.
Great to see the bemused ingenuity that persists when some computer controlled device can “sing”. Way,,, way back in 1963 I worked with a Navy computer that had magnetic core memory whose vibrations also could be made to “sing” audibly in approximately the same manner, though the entire computational power of that ancient beast had to be brought to bear on the process. It was found to be possible when a memory stress test routine we used could be heard making the same sort of progressively rising series of tones. Thanks for the ‘memories’.
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