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Chasing Mars

Chasing Mars

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, June 11, 2019/Categories: natural history, space science, art and design, environment, adventure

                                                   Mars Insight Seismometer on Mars (credit: JPL)

The Mars Insight space probe landed on Mars late last year. The goal of NASA's robot is to measure Martian underground geology, particularly the detection of Mars-quakes. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been testing the lander's various sensors before deploying its sensitive seismometer. The gathered data will provide insight into the interior geology of Mars.

Shortly after landing Mars Insight made the first recordings of what Mars sounds like if you were standing there. The audio captured wind blowing across the lander's solar panels.

JPL has now released the first evidence of a Mars-quake being recorded by its instruments. According to the Lab, there is noise from the Martian winds, the seismic quake itself, and the spacecraft's robotic arm as it moves to take photographs.



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