NASA’s Mars Insight Lander Uses Wind-Induced Vibrations To Reveal the Red Planet’s Subsurface Layers

An artist illustration of the InSight lander on Mars. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough check up since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. The mission is looking for tectonic activity and meteorite impacts, studying how much heat is … Read more

Are Mars’ subsurface lakes really lakes?

Mars’ south polar ice cap as seen from orbit. ESA’s Mars Express orbiter has found dozens of bright radar reflections below the surface that may – or may not – be lakes. Image via ESA/ DLR/ FU Berlin/ Bill Dunford. In 2018, the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter found the first evidence for an … Read more