A group of researchers from the University of Tokyo successfully simulated the interiors of Mars for the first time. The simulation helps reveal details about the Red Planet’s seismic properties. However, this will prove very useful for NASA, given that they aim to visit Mars in 2021. The scientists use seismic waves as compared to the more powerful sound waves. This helps measure how quickly these waves travel through a molten iron-sulfur alloy, present at the core of the Red Planet.
NASA already has its ‘Insight‘ probe ready for a test on the surface of Mars. NASA uses it to collect seismic readings. But even with the availability of the seismic data, there is still a very important piece of data that seems to be missing. The team of researchers needs to understand the seismic properties of the iron-sulfur alloy present at the core of the Red Planet.
Simulating the interiors of Mars
In our galaxy, the greatest feat of science is to study all about the interiors of a foreign galactic object. Exploring the deep interiors of Mars, Jupiter, Earth, and other such planets are very educational for space activities. It seems fascinating because of the late information revealed, but also because we study them sitting calmly from our planet.
In the research, scientists were able to find out the exact seismic properties of the planet using Insight rover. Researchers are now planning to understand all the measurements of the Red planet and compare it with ours to understand the true difference. It will also help clear the cloud that the scientists currently hold regarding the origin of the Red planet. Simulating the insides of a planet almost 200 million miles away from us by sitting in your lab is exciting.
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