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NASA InSight finds hot magma beneath the surface of Mars – small tech news



News from IT House on December 6th, the average person’s impression of Mars is probably dry, dead, and dusty, especially in terms of geology.

But new data from NASA’s InSight Mars lander seems to suggest that the planet’s subsurface isn’t standing still, and that it’s likely that hot magma is boiling, perhaps waiting to erupt someday.

IT Home learned that the landing site of the “Insight” is in a zone on Mars called “Elysium Plain”, where it detected continuous seismic activity.

InSight has evidence that the region sits on top of a plume of hot material rising upward from the Martian mantle, scientists found in a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Astronomy. The region is also home to a fracture system known as Cerberus Fossae, and the last volcanic eruption on Mars is thought to have been 53,000 years ago.

InSight data suggests that the magma currently underlying the region explains the Martian earthquakes detected by the lander, which may be driving changes in the Martian crust at Cerberus Fossae that could lead to volcanic eruptions someday in the future.

Adrian Broquet and Jeffrey Andrews-Hanna of the University of Arizona wrote in the research paper: “The continued plume activity shows that Mars today is not only earthquake-prone and volcanic, but also has an internal active geodynamic performance.”

The researchers believe the finding could also have implications for the potential habitability of the subsurface environment on Mars, which may be warmer than previously thought.

But it is a pity that the “Insight” seems to have entered the end of its life. I am afraid that future human missions to investigate Mars volcanic activities will be left to future robots, and maybe even astronauts.

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