NASA may have recorded the very first "Marsquake" thanks to its InSight lander.
According to a US Space Agency statement, the lander landed on Martian soil on Mars on April 6, the 128th day of InSight. It is also the first recorded trembling "that has apparently come from within the planet, as opposed to forces above the surface like wind."
NASA added that scientists are still investigating the data to determine exactly
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"The event" Marsian Sol 128 "is exciting, because its size and its longer duration correspond to the profile of the moon quake the lunar surface during the Apollo missions," said Lori Glaze, director of the Planetary Science Division of NASA headquarters, in the statement.
Although there is much excitement about the so-called "Marsquake", the tremor is not even noticed on Earth. "An event of this size in Southern California would be lost among dozens of tiny crackles that occur every day," NASA wrote in the statement.
InSight, safely landed on the Red Planet in November after "seven minutes of terror" because the agency failed to control the spacecraft's landing, continues the scientific legacy of NASA's Apollo missions (NASA's earthquake notes ) Moon continued, said InSight Principal Investigator, Bruce Banerd. "So far, we have collected background noise, but this first event officially opens a new field: Marseismology!" He called out.
The InSight Lander, which cost $ 828 million, is the spacecraft's first spacecraft to hit the Red Planet in six years, after the Curiosity Rover landed in November 2012. The unmanned probe, built by Lockheed Martin, will penetrate deeper into the planet than anything that has come before.
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The InSight (Interior Exploration) The use of the Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport mission, managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Provide scientists with a wealth of data. "The landing marks the beginning of a two-year mission, with InSight being the first spacecraft to probe the deep interior of Mars," NASA said on its website. "The data will also help scientists understand the origins of all stony worlds, including our own."
The lander was originally planned for launch in March 2016, but NASA discontinued launch preparations when a vacuum leak was found
In February, NASA encountered a problem with InSight after they had stopped digging which is probably due to being hit on a rock or gravel, a problem that has since been resolved.
James Rogers of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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