NASA's InSight Lander on Mars Is Now Hunting for Marsquakes - Space.com
Space.com - Fri 11 Jan 19:09 GMT

NASA's InSight Lander on Mars Is Now Hunting for Marsquakes - Space.com

NASA's InSight Mars lander is officially hunting for quakes on the Red Planet.

  This image from NASA's InSight Mars lander, taken on Jan. 7, 2019, shows the SEIS seismograph instrument deployed on the Martian surface to measure Marsquakes.

  [NASA's InSight Mars Lander: Full Coverage] The InSight lander touched down on Mars Nov. 26 and used its crane-like robotic arm to deploy the SEIS instrument on the Martian surface on Dec. 19.

  SEIS is the first seismometer to successfully begin work on another world since NASA's Apollo 17 moon landing in 1972, when astronaut Harrison Schmitt deployed a that mission's Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package — a sensor suite that included a lunar seismometer, CNES officials said.

  InSight's SEIS instrument is one of two tools the lander will deploy on the surface of Mars.

  Mission scientists will use the sensitive seismometer to detect Marsquakes, meteorite impacts and to study the structure of the interior of Mars, with the HP3 tool recording observations on how heat moves through the planet's surface.