NASA InSight lander records ‘monstrous earthquake’ on Mars

MARS (KABC) — NASA on Monday released images showing what scientists call a “monstrous earthquake” on Mars.

The agency says the quake shook the planet Mars on May 4, the 1,222nd Martian day, or sol, of the mission.

The 5.0 magnitude earthquake was apparently the largest quake ever detected on another planet.

A magnitude 5.0 quake is a medium-sized quake compared to those felt on Earth, according to NASA.

NASA’s InSight Mars lander uses a highly sensitive seismometer to study seismic activity on the Red Planet.

“Since we landed our seismometer in December 2018, we’ve been waiting for ‘the big one,’” said Bruce Banerdt, InSight principal investigator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, who is leading the mission. “This earthquake is sure to provide a view of the planet like no other. Scientists will analyze this data to learn new things about Mars for years to come.”

More than 1,300 earthquakes have been detected on Mars since November 2018.

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