NASA's InSight Mission landed on Mars in November 2018. Weeks later, a robot arm on the geophysical observatory deployed SEIS on the surface of the planet, becoming the first seismometer to successfully operate on a body outside our Earth since the Apollo Lunar missions in the 1970's. On Earth, we have accumulated so much of our knowledge about the internal structure of our home planet through 150 years of seismic monitoring. SEIS allows us to begin a similar illumination of our neighbour. Two Earth years into the mission, we have just reached the initial mission target of recording an entire Martian year of data.
This lecture given by Professor John Clinton (ETH, Zurich) will provide an overview of the science payload on the spacecraft and describe the complex operations of placing a seismometer on the surface of the planet. It will also describe the key features of the 100's of marsquakes we have observed, and present our growing understanding of the Martian interior.
More information (DIAS website) https://www.dias.ie/event/marsquakes-statutory-public-lecture-school-of-cosmic-physics/