For the first time ever, a tremor, similar to a small earthquake, has been recorded on Mars. This marsquake was detected by the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) probe, carried to Mars with the InSight spacecraft. Researchers believe the event was caused by heating and cooling of the Martian surface, resulting in cracking of the crust on the Red Planet. This is the first discovery in the brand new science of Martian seismology.Read More First Marsquakes Ever Seen Shake up Science of the Red Planet
The oldest rock from Earth ever found was recently discovered hiding on the Moon. The four-billion-year-old rock was found among the samples returned from the Moon by the astronauts of Apollo 14. Analysis shows this rock formed on Earth, was blasted into space when an asteroid hit our planet four billion years ago, ejecting the rock onto the surface of the Moon. Once there, the area was hit by an asteroid, burying big Bertha, before another impact raised it, once again, to the surface. It was returned to Earth in 1971 by astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell.Read More Earth’s Oldest Rock Found – It was Hiding on the Moon!
The InSight spacecraft is ready for launch to Mars. Scheduled to liftoff on May 5th, this lander will be the first spacecraft designed to explore the interior of Mars, including Mars quakes.Read More InSight Mission Ready for Launch to Mars