The scope that technology has allowed to reach is unbelievable, in this case NASA’s InSight Mars probe was sent to Mars with a highly sensitive seismometer, provided to study the deep interior of the planet. As seismic waves pass through or reflect off material in the crust, mantle, and core of Mars, they change in ways that seismologists can study to determine the depth and composition of these layers.
This probe has detected about 1,313 earthquakes and recently detected the largest earthquake ever observed on another planet: an estimated magnitude 5 tremor. An earthquake of this magnitude is a medium-sized one compared to those felt on Earth, but it is near the upper limit of what scientists expected to see on Mars during the InSight mission.
What scientists learn about the structure of Mars can help them better understand the formation of all rocky worlds, including Earth and its Moon; This quake is sure to provide a view of the planet like no other. Scientists will analyze this data to learn new things about Mars in the coming years.
Hard to believe, isn’t it?