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    "A Year of Surprising Science From NASA's InSight Mars Mission"

    https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7605

    A new understanding of Mars is beginning to emerge, thanks to the first year of NASA's InSight lander mission. Findings described in a set of six papers published today reveal a planet alive with quakes, dust devils and strange magnetic pulses.

    Five of the papers were published in Nature. An additional paper in Nature Geoscience details the InSight spacecraft's landing site, a shallow crater nicknamed "Homestead hollow" in a region called Elysium Planitia.

    InSight is the first mission dedicated to looking deep beneath the Martian surface. Among its science tools are a seismometer for detecting quakes, sensors for gauging wind and air pressure, a magnetometer, and a heat flow probe designed to take the planet's temperature.
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    NASA's InSight lander is revealing Mars to be far more shaky than we thought


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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Heisler View Post
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    First, welcome to CQ.

    Second, just so you know, it is considered good form around here to include a little more info about a link that just the post/thread title. In this particular example, it might have been better just to link the original Business Insider article and quote some small section from it.

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    There's a BBC Science article addressing it. There seems to be a higher incidence of "marsquakes" than anticipated, as detected by InSight's seismometer.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51616830

    Also, the magnetic field at InSight's location is up to 10x stronger than expected from models generated from orbital data:

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0224111342.htm


    Perhaps merge this into the existing InSight thread?

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    "NASA's Mole Finally Burrows Its Way Into Mars"

    https://www.popularmechanics.com/spa...le-probe-mars/

    One instrument, though, has had a difficult time breaking through the surface. The lander's temperature-sensing "mole," as it's known, was designed to take thermal readings just below Mars's surface, but it has struggled to stay inserted in the ground. It keeps pushing out.

    The German Aerospace Center (DLR), which is in charge of operating the instrument, has been toiling away at a solution. For months, the DLR team has been pushing down on the thin probe with the back of the lander's scoop. Finally, after spending more than a year of tinkering with the troublesome instrument, DLR has inserted the mole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    "NASA's Mole Finally Burrows Its Way Into Mars"

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    "NASA's Mole Finally Burrows Its Way Into Mars"

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    The American Chemical Society mole congratulates the NASA mole
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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    "NASA's Mole Finally Burrows Its Way Into Mars"

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    Hopefully, it can continue on its own accord. Otherwise, this may be as deep as it gets.


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    Mars Insight Lander

    If the mole is committed to that angle then I don’t see how it will reach the planned depth, although it can likely still take readings. Just not as deep.

    Truly, an exercise in patience.

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    "'Marsquakes' measured by InSight show effects of sun and wind"

    https://www.marsdaily.com/reports/Mi..._wind_999.html

    Compared with our own planet Earth, Mars might seem like a "dead" planet, but even there, the wind blows and the ground moves. On Earth, we study the ambient seismic noise rippling mainly due to ocean activity to peek underground at the structure of the Earth's interior. Can we do the same on Mars without ocean?

    According to a new study by researchers at Kyushu University's International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, we're closer than ever to achieving this goal.
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