Mars Lander Picked Up First-Ever ‘Marsquake’

The American space agency NASA says its Mars lander has noted what scientists believe was the first “marsquake” ever recorded.

The seismic signal was measured and recorded on April 6 by NASA’s InSight lander, the space agency announced this week. InSight landed on Mars in November 2018. Its goal is to explore the inside of the red planet and measure geological conditions.

The likely marsquake was picked up by a special device called a seismometer, which is used to measure seismic waves. The device was built for InSight by France’s national space agency.

The seismometer was designed to be extremely sensitive. It aims to differentiate between seismic signals coming from inside Mars and activity coming from above the surface, such as wind or meteorite movements.

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