Context: A global team of scientists led by the University of Oxford have announced the source of the largest-ever seismic event recorded on Mars.
Major Highlights about Marsquake
- The quake of magnitude of 4.7 on Mars was recorded by NASA’s InSight lander in May 2022.
- Since its seismic signal was similar to previous quakes known to be caused by meteoroid impacts, the team believed that the event was caused by a meteorite impact.
- However, the recent study suggests that the quake was the result of enormous tectonic forces (release of stress) within Mars’ crust.
- These stresses are the result of billions of years of evolution; including the cooling and shrinking of different parts of the planet Mars at different rates.
- This indicates that the planet is much more seismically active than previously thought.