February 5, 2023

NASA records the largest earthquake so far!

landing unit Insight Mars Lander, Give The National Center for Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), recorded in May the largest swampThis is, Earthquake on Mars, already recorded on the red planet. The record indicates that the earthquake had a magnitude of 4.7 and lasted for more than 4 hours.

The second largest earthquake was recorded in red planet in August 2021 with a magnitude of 4.2.

The largest earthquake ever recorded on Mars

The earthquake, dubbed S1222a, occurred on May 4 this year, in an unexpected region of the Red Planet, given that it was outside the active plate tectonics of Cerberus Fosai.

a swamp S1222a sent surface seismic waves around the entire planet. According to a study published by the journal on December 14, 2022 Geophysical Research LettersThese waves sent by the earthquake broke off volcanic and sedimentary rocks in the Martian crust, indicating the possibility of a collision with a stationary object, such as a comet or asteroid.

In a statement, John Clinton, co-author of the study and a seismologist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, said:

The energy this song gives off swamp Equivalent to the cumulative energy of all the others swamps We’ve seen it so far, and even though the event was over 1,200 miles away [1.931 quilômetros] Far away, the waves registered on insight It was so big that it almost saturates our seismometer.”

a Insight Mars Lander It was recorded that waves coming from S1222a lasted 10 times longer than any other wave coming from an earthquake.

Another important point is that only one of these two types of waves has been observed before in other rings on Mars. Including, the most remarkable thing for scientists is that this kind of wave only appeared after a meteorite fell, and it never appeared in an earthquake.

Although countless data have been brought to scientists, this is probably the last discovery of a lander. That’s because dust storms covered the solar panels, reducing the power of the platform.

Therefore, scientists expect that Insight Mars Lander It only lasts until the end of this year.