There are many mysteries in the universe, but at least one of them may be closer to solution. Thanks to data from NASA’s InSight spacecraft, researchers may now have some clues about the formation of Mars. This information is related to the rocks and soil on the surface of the planet, and some seismic activity on the red planet provides some clues to the material under the surface of one of the most interesting and mysterious planets in the solar system.
according to science magazine,(by IGN), researchers studying the InSight spacecraft have been able to detect the rock boundary hundreds of thousands of kilometers below the crust. It turns out that the crust is also very thin, and the mantle is lower than the molten iron core of Mars. The interesting thing about this information is that it shows that Mars is now cooling itself by using plate tectonics in the way of “mantle rock rising and subducting crust rising.”
The data also shows that the crust of Mars may be much thinner than the crust on Earth, and the red planet may also be composed of two to three different layers. Researchers will need more data to further develop their theories and discoveries, which has proven to be a challenge so far. The data comes from seismic activity on Earth, but the wind on the planet makes it difficult to detect certain seismic activity. The dust on the solar panels also forced the team to close the spacecraft’s robotic arm, which they needed to use to try to push the thermal probe further into the ground. The heating probe eventually gets stuck in the soil, and the soil breaks when the probe is inserted. Mars also hinders this process in terms of its “shockproof” capabilities. The report pointed out that this has not exceeded the 4.5 level, which is somewhat unusual, although it can be attributed to various factors, including the size of the Martian fault and the consistency of the crust.
Nevertheless, the researchers hope they will be lucky and get more information.
Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator and geophysicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said: “We are looking forward to another bunch of incident detection.”
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