Planetary Geology

How Will NASA Measure Earthquakes On Mars?

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You might think that quakes are the same anywhere, whether they're earth-quakes or Mars-quakes. You'd be partially right—but every planet is different, and gets the wiggles in its own way. Before humanity sends manned missions to Mars, we'll have to be able to predict quakes and prepare for what to do if they happen. The InSight Rover launch in 2018 will be the first step towards a greater understanding of Martian tectonics. Learn more about how scientists plan to learn about the Red Planet's tectonic activity in the videos below.

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