The Insight mission recorded the largest earthquake to date on Mars in early May. And even better: you can hear it.
” It is a sound from the depths of Mars: the data of the largest Martian earthquake have sounded for your earsyes”, writing the official account of the National Center for Space Studies (CNES) on Twitter, this May 14, 2022. Accompanying: an audio recording of a few seconds, which allows you to listen to the largest earthquake ever recorded on Mars, since the human being he sent his tools to the red planet.
You can listen to it below:
A few days earlier, the official account of the Insight mission (Internal exploration by seismic surveys, geodesy and heat flows) also raved: “ After more than three years of listening to gentle hums on Mars, I have just felt by far the largest earthquake on Mars: it appears to be a magnitude 5.. »
A magnitude 5 earthquake doesn’t seem huge compared to what we know on Earth. But on Mars is near the upper limit of what scientists expected to see on the InSight mission says NASA.
A “monster earthquake” recorded on Mars
NASA, which has flown the Insight mission since 2018, has spared no hyperbole: the title of its online press release reads “ Insight records monstrous earthquake in Marchs”. This event, which took place on May 4, adds to the other 1,313 Martian earth tremors already recorded.
This isn’t the first time the Insight mission’s seismometer SIX has recorded the sound of an earthquake on Mars, but this is the most powerful. In 2019, it made it possible to hear the sound of another earthquake, smaller and slightly less audible. In 2021, SEIS also recorded a magnitude 4.1 earthquake, much smaller than this one.
The InSight mission should continue to provide more data about the interior of Mars. Scientists hope to use it to better understand the formation of rocky stars, like the Earth or the Moon.