NASA’s InSight Lander Detects Stunning Meteoroid Impact on Mars

By Aazam

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's cameras captured the fresh crater while the agency's lander felt the ground shake.

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter before-and-after photographs showed a new, yawning crater, confirming the meteoroid impact caused the quake

The impact, which occurred in an area known as Amazonis Planitia, created a crater that was 70 feet deep and 492 feet broad.

This is thought to be one of the largest craters ever seen developing anywhere in the solar system, with photos and seismic data documenting the occurrence.

Due to dust gathering on its solar panels in recent months, InSight has witnessed a sharp drop in output

The science of the project will now come to an end when the spacecraft shuts down within the next six weeks

The size, depth, and makeup of Mars' deep layers have been exposed via seismic waves, which are essential to the mission.

Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS), which developed and runs two cameras atop MRO, scientists first discovered the crater on February 11, 2022

The big marsquake that occurred on December 24 was definitely triggered by a meteoroid strike because these measurements were in agreement with the seismic epicenter.

This close to the Martian equator, which is the warmest region of Mars and a desirable destination for humans, buried ice has never been discovered

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