The first-ever assessments of tectonics on an alien planet are being made by NASA's Interior Exploration utilizing Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport lander.
Seismologists and geophysicists at ETH Zurich created the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure instrument for InSight, which has been on the surface watching for signs of "marsquakes.
Recent analysis of a cluster of more than 20 recent marsquakes by a research team led by ETH Zurich uncovered something extremely intriguing.
Recently, the journal Nature Astronomy published a study titled "Tectonics of Cerberus Fossae exposed by Marsquakes" that details their discoveries.
Their findings are described in a report that was just published in the journal Nature Astronomy under the title "Tectonics of Cerberus Fossae exposed by marsquakes."
The scientists theorized that these earthquakes could be the last from this formerly active volcanic zone or that magma is flowing eastward beneath the surface in preparation for its future eruption.
The only explanation for this, as revealed by Stähler in a recent ETH Zurich press release, was the existence of recent volcanic activity.
Mars offers opportunities to study geological processes similar to those that shaped our planet due to its terrestrial makeup and proximity to Earth.
The only other terrestrial planet known to contain an iron, nickel, and sulfur core that may once have supported a magnetic field is etMars.
On Earth, a liquid outer core rotates around a solid inner core due to dynamo action in the planet's interior