NASA scientists have reported an amazing discovery of the Mars Insight spacecraft – a mysterious rumble from inside the planet.
Researchers believe that seismic events may be caused by a sudden outpouring of energy from inside the planet, but the nature of that release is unknown and confusing.
Interestingly, new bursaries are believed to have appeared on Mars at a place called Cerberus Fuse, where The other two events are previous candidates It is believed that it appeared.
Although these vibrations are sometimes referred to as “Mars earthquakes”, the planet is not believed to have an active tectonic system similar to the Earth that causes earthquakes.
Oddly enough, previous earthquakes were discovered by the space agency’s Insight spacecraft – this one He reached the surface of the planet In 2018 – It happened on Earth a year or two before Mars’ northern summer on Mars.
Scientists predict that this time of year will give the lander the best chance to hear earthquakes as the planet’s winds become calmer.
The Insight seismometer, also known as the Internal Structure Seismic Test (SEIS), is so delicate that it must be covered by a dome-shaped shield to protect it from the wind and prevent it from freezing during use.
Even so, the wind caused enough vibrations to mask the seismic signals they were looking for, so the NASA team began to isolate the delicate cable.
To do this, the team used the pad at the end of the Insight robotic arm to concentrate on the ground above the shield and allow the cable to penetrate.
The purpose is to bring the soil as close as possible to the shield without affecting its earth seal.
Burying the seismic rope is one of the objectives of the next phase of the mission, which NASA recently extended to two years until December 2022.
But despite the wind from the inside seismic level, it does not help the solar panels of landing crafts much, they are covered in dust.
Energy is now declining as it moves away from Mars, although energy levels are expected to increase as the planet approaches the Sun again after July.
Until then, the panel will turn off the Insight tools one by one so they can sleep. They constantly check their health and send a message back to Earth.
NASA says the steering committee hopes for a month or two before the quake’s magnitude goes down.