NASA’s Mars Insight rover has recorded its largest ever Martian earthquake.
According to new research published in the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Geophysical Research Letters, the international team said on the May 4 Earth night that the lander’s seismometer detected an earthquake at least five times larger than the largest ever recorded. on the red planet.
“This was definitely the largest earthquake we’ve seen,” Taichi Kawamura, lead author and planetary scientist at the Institute of Physics of the World in Paris, said in a statement.
Co-author and seismologist John Clinton, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, said the energy released from an individual quake is equivalent to the cumulative energy from all the other quakes seen so far.
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Clinton, a co-commander with Kawamura on the swamp service, said the waves recorded in InSight were so large that they nearly saturate the seismometer.
Earthquake waves last about 10 hours.
Previous swamp waves did not exceed an hour long.
The previous largest earthquake, recorded in August 2021, had a magnitude of 4.2, while it had a magnitude of 4.7 in the May earthquake.
The epicenter was just outside the most seismically active region on Mars.
This seismic event was also rare because it showed the characteristics of both high and low frequency earthquakes.
Data from this major earthquake was released in October by the Mars Seismic Experiment Internal Structure Data Service (SEIS), NASA’s Planetary Data System (PDS), and the Integrated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), along with the Quagmire Service catalog.
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Mars seismology can help researchers better understand what is beneath its surface and its evolution.
It is believed that most earthquakes occur due to faulty movements.
It is believed that InSight is nearing its operational end because dust has gradually covered its solar panels and reduced its capacity.
“We were impressed that almost at the end of the expanded mission, we had this very cool event,” said Kawamura.
And based on the data collected from the swamp, “I would say this mission was an extraordinary success,” he continued.
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“My power is really low, so this might be the last pic I can send. Don’t worry about me though: My time here has been productive and uneventful. If I can keep talking to my mission team, I will – but I’m getting signed here soon,” the Insight team posted. of 25 to 30 people on Twitter on Monday. “Thank you for staying with me.”
Since landing in November 2018, the probe has provided insights into Mars’ liquid core and the composition of its other inner layers. I have observed hundreds of earthquakes.
Fox News’ Paul Best contributed to this report.
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