There are a lot of mysteries of the universe, but at least one of them can be solved. Researchers can now get some clues as to how Mars was formed thanks to data from NASA’s Insight spacecraft. This information relates to the rock and soil on the planet’s surface, with some seismic activity on the red planet offering some clues beneath the surface of one of the most interesting and mysterious planets in the solar system.
according to this Science journal, (Via IGN), Researchers studying the Insight spacecraft have been able to locate rock tenses beneath the planet’s crust and hundreds of kilometers below. This crust is considerably thinner than the molten iron core of Mars and also reduces the mantle temperature of the planet. What is interesting about this information is that it states that Mars has now cooled itself with the pattern of “upstanding mantle rock and subducting crust” using plate tectonics.
The data also showed that what we have on Earth may have very thin crusts near Mars and that the red planet may also be made up of two or three different layers. Researchers will need more data to further develop their theories and conclusions, something that has so far proven to be a challenge. The data comes from seismic activity on the planet, but wind on the planet has made it difficult to detect some seismic activity. Dust on the solar panels has also forced the team to close the craft’s robotic arm, which they need to use to try a heat probe to push more into the surface. The heat probe was stuck in expired soil when the probe was inserted that was expected to be uprooted. Mars has also slightly failed the process in terms of the strength of its “marshakes”. The report indicated that nothing larger than 4.5 had occurred, something that is slightly unusual, although various factors can be attributed, including the faults of Mars and the stability of the planet’s crust.
Nevertheless, researchers hope that they will be lucky and receive more information.
“We look forward to another whole heap of incident events,” said Bruce Bannert, chief investigator and a geophysicist at Insight for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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