Mars is home to eerily spectral dust devils, a weird glow in its night sky, and interior tremors that reveal it as a geologically active planet. Those are some of the key discoveries made by NASA’s InSight lander, which are outlined in a batch of six studies published on Monday in Nature Geoscience and Nature Communications.
“We’ve finally, for the first time, established that Mars is a seismically active planet,” said Bruce Banerdt, the principal investigator of the InSight mission, in a teleconference held on Thursday. “The seismic activity is greater than that of the Moon, which was measured back during the Apollo Program, but less than Earth.”
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