Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.


He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

 
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Seismic signal from recent Martian impact detected by InSight?

According to a science paper released today, a small impact that occurred about 25 miles south from the InSight lander between February 21st and April 6, 2019 might have been detected by the spacecraft’s seismometer.

From the paper’s abstract:

During this time period, three seismic events were identified in InSight data. We derive expected seismic signal characteristics and use them to evaluate each of the seismic events. However, none of them can definitively be associated with this source. Atmospheric perturbations are generally expected to be generated during impacts; however, in this case, no signal could be identified as related to the known impact. Using scaling relationships based on the terrestrial and lunar analogs and numerical modeling, we predict the amplitude, peak frequency, and duration of the seismic signal that would have emanated from this impact. The predicted amplitude falls near the lowest levels of the measured seismometer noise for the predicted frequency. Hence it is not surprising this impact event was not positively identified in the seismic data.

Based on this data, they now think they will only be able to detect about two impacts per year with InSight’s seismometer, a decrease from the previous estimate of as many as ten.

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4 comments

  • Chris

    Hi Bob,

    With the Insight lander and its seismic sensor in place has NASA considered setting explosives off in various locations in an effort to understand the Martian core?

    I believe that this has been done and is still done on earth albeit with more sensors.
    The explosives could be added to any following missions. They could first land (not trivial) and then be detonated. This way a known signal is generated.

  • David M. Cook

    First and foremost, Mars Needs Women! Then comes beer and explosives, Chris.

  • Andi

    Best hold off on the alcohol for a while. The last thing we want to hear is a final transmission from the rover “Hold my beer and watch this !”

  • Chris

    David M. Cook – You’re welcome. You must have been waiting a while to do that – good one! You too Andi.

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