The NASA InSight spacecraft has detected a massive 5-magnitude quake on Mars.


Last week, NASA’s InSight spacecraft detected a 5-magnitude earthquake on Mars, the strongest in recent years.

On Mars, such events are common, but previous records have reached 4.1 and 4.2 points. On Earth, a shaking of this magnitude is sensitive, but it can only cause minor damage.

InSight was launched in 2018 with the goal of studying Mars’ core, mantle, and crust, as well as monitoring marsquakes – data that will be useful if humanity decides to colonize the planet.

Since then, the device has recorded over 1,000 shakes, but none more significant than a recent seismometer event. Scientists will need more time to figure out what caused this quake because seismic waves are reflected inside the planet during shaking, making it difficult to pinpoint the exact location with only one seismometer.


Oliver Barker

Est né à Bristol et a grandi à Southampton. Il est titulaire d'un baccalauréat en comptabilité et économie et d'une maîtrise en finance et économie de l'Université de Southampton. Il a 34 ans et vit à Midanbury, Southampton.

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