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How do you measure a Mars quake?

Wednesday 31st Jan 2018, 11.45am

When the ground shakes on Earth we call them earthquakes. Even weak ones can be detected by 'seismometers' and from listening carefully to them we can learn a lot about the makeup of the planet - that it has a solid core, molten mantle under a thin crust. But can we learn anything from listening out for quakes on Mars? 

This May 2018 the InSight lander will be launched and head to Mars, landing in November 2018 in the quest to hear Mars Quakes!

In this episode of the Big Questions podcast, we visited Dr Neil Bowles, Jane Hurley and Tristram Warren from the Atmospheric Oceanic & Planetary Physics Department to ask the question: how do you measure a Mars quake?

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