‘Marsquakes’ are Revealing Us Shocking Insights about Our Neighboring Planet

For many years, Mars has been the main attraction for astronomers when it comes to space exploration, and we shouldn’t expect this to change pretty soon. Elon Musk’s space agency called SpaceX even has the exact purpose of colonizing the Red Planet. Although it may sound like pure Science Fiction for most people, scientists are pretty optimistic about their chances to succeed someday in the future.

Mars is pretty much the only candidate from the Solar System that can be viewed as a future alternative for our planet. The two have several similarities, like the presence of oxygen, liquid water, and so on. They also have quakes, and they can actually be more numerous on Mars.

Over 300 quakes detected by NASA’s Mars Insight

Bruce Banerdt is a geophysicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and also the principal investigator of InSight. He confirmed simply that “we have a lot”, referring to the ‘Marsquakes’.

Therefore, Mars has proven to be very ‘unstable’, as Earth does. The InSight lander has detected 322 quakes on Mars in just a bit more than a year of roaming our neighboring planet.

Huge surprise

The fact that there are quakes on Mars is a huge surprise for some scientists. Until this discovery, quakes have been detected only on Earth and on the Moon. Scientists have the plan to probe the Martian interior by studying the quakes, and also to understand better the planet’s layers of crust, mantle, and so on.

The ‘Marsquakes’ have been very tiny, though, so it would be a good idea considering only this aspect to move to Mars. The biggest quakes on Mars had a magnitude of 4, which is unnoticeable on Earth if they catch you running or jumping.

Bruce Banerdt reported the findings of the ‘Marsquakes’ on 12 December at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union from San Francisco.

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