The InSight mission recorded the largest earthquake ever to hit the surface of Mars in early May. Even better, you can listen to it.
” It’s a sound from the depths of Mars: The data of the largest earthquake on Mars has been released to your earss”, write The official account of the National Center for Space Studies (CNES) on Twitter, May 14, 2022. Accompanied: A few seconds of audio recording, so you can hear the largest earthquake ever on Mars, since man launched his instruments to the Red Planet .
You can listen to it below:
A few days ago, the official Insight mission report (internal exploration by seismic probing, geodesy and heat fluxes) also praised: “ After more than three years of listening to faint hums on Mars, I just felt the largest earthquake on Mars: It looks like a magnitude 5.. »
A magnitude 5 earthquake doesn’t seem that big compared to what we know on Earth. But on Mars, It’s close to the maximum of what scientists hope to see in the InSight mission ‘, he explains to NASA.
Record a “massive earthquake” on the surface of Mars
NASA, which has been leading the Insight mission since 2018, has not skimped on exaggeration: the title of its online press release is “ Insight records a massive earthquake that happened in Marchs This event, which occurred on May 4, adds to the 1,313 other earthquakes on Mars that have already been recorded.
This isn’t the first time the SEIS seismometer on the Insight mission has recorded the sound of an earthquake on Mars, but this is the most powerful. in 2019, Makes it possible to hear another earthquakesmaller and less audible. In 2021 SEIS also registered earthquake with a magnitude of 4.1much smaller than this.
The InSight mission should continue to provide more data on Mars’ interior. Scientists hope to use it to better understand the formation of rock stars, such as the Earth or the Moon.