InSight detects possible marsquake

InSight's domed wind and thermal shield, which covers its seismometer.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

News from Apr 25, 2019

On 6 April, the SEIS instrument (Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure) on board NASA's InSight mission detected a seismic signal, possibly a faint marsquake.
The European instrument was developed in collaboration of IPGP Paris, CNES, Imperial College London, Oxford University, ETH Zürich, JPL, and MPS in Göttingen. After several unsuccessful attempts during former missions, SEIS is supposed to record true seismic signals of Mars for the first time.

The InSight lander touched down on Mars in Elysium Planitia on 26 November 2018. A further European experiment on board is the HP³ (Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package), developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

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