The surface of Mars may look dead, dry and cold, but it is actually active deep underground, according tomedia. On Monday, a paper published in Nature Communications produced an image of the red planet using Insight’s data for the first 10 months.
It is reported that Insight landed on Mars on November 26, 2018, although its thermal probe “Mouse” has trouble beneath the surface of Mars, but it has successfully detected the “Mars earthquake.”
“We finally, for the first time, determined that Mars is an earthquake-active planet,” Chief Researcher Bruce Banerdt told reporters on a conference call. “Seismic activity is more intense than the moon… But it’s smaller than the earth. “
Banerdt noted that it is important to record Martian storms because they also allow scientists to better study and understand the interior of Mars.
As of September 2019, Insight’s seismic detector had detected 174 earthquakes on Mars, 20 of which were magnitudes 3 to 4.
So far, the earthquakedetected by Insight t seems to be much deeper than most earthquakes on Earth, at a depth of about 50 kilometers, which is about five to 10 times the depth of many earthquakes. Researchers say a person standing on the surface of Mars may feel the strongest earthquake detected by Insight, but these earthquakes may not pose much of a threat to Mars Research Base or Elon Musk’s imagined Mars metropolis.
In addition to the Martian storms, other papers released Monday through Insight data suggest that there may be thousands of rotating wind vortexes, or “dust tornadoes” on the surface of Mars, and an ancient magnetic rock sedimentary site beneath Insight’s landing site.
“What’s amazing about these data is that it gives us a beautiful and poetic picture of what’s going on on another planet,” Said Vedran Lekic, a geologist at the University of Maryland and a member of the Insight team.
Professor Nicholas Schmerr, also from the University of Maryland, said the photo could help answer big questions about Mars and whether it could support life or whether it had supported it in the past.
“If it turns out that there is liquid magma on Mars, if we can identify the most geologically active places on the planet, it will probably guide future missions to find the possibility of life,” he said. “