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First seismic detections of natural impacts linked to craters on another planet

Seismometers on the NASA InSight lander have identified unusual signals from meteoroid impacts on Mars. Impact locations were confirmed by satellite images of new craters at these sites and directly constrain the martian interior, confirming its crustal structure and ground-truthing the scaling of impact-induced seismicity.

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Fig. 1: Impact phenomena and their seismic recordings.


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This is a summary of: Garcia, R. F. et al. Newly formed craters on Mars located using seismic and acoustic wave data from InSight. Nat. Geosci. (2022).

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First seismic detections of natural impacts linked to craters on another planet. Nat. Geosci. 15, 761–762 (2022).

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