Apr 23, 2019

‘Marsquake’: first tremor detected on Red Planet

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Scientists said Tuesday they might have detected the first known seismic tremor on Mars in a discovery that could shed light on the ancient origins of Earth’s neighbour.

A dome-shaped known as SEIS landed on the surface of Mars in December after hitching a ride on NASA’s InSight spacecraft.

Its instruments measure surface vibrations caused by weather but are also capable of detecting movement from deep within the planet—so called “marsquakes”—or those caused by meteorite impacts.

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