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NASA InSights marsquake detector is ready to listen to Mars heartbeat

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first_img NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Whew – winding down after a long day, but I’ve done it: I’ve placed my seismometer on the surface of Mars! With SEIS, I’ll be able to listen in for marsquakes and help reveal the heartbeat of #Mars. https://t.co/GYNO4txPPi pic.twitter.com/18eQHXOfiO— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) December 20, 2018 Now playing: Watch this: “Seismometer deployment is as important as landing InSight on Mars,” said InSight Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt. “The seismometer is the highest-priority instrument on InSight: We need it in order to complete about three-quarters of our science objectives.”Because this isn’t NASA’s first rodeo, a team of scientists has been practising the deployment of instruments with an exact replica of the lander (known as ForeSight) on a fake Mars set back here on Earth. (Fun fact: the fake Martian dust is made from crushed up garnet stones). And the practice has paid off. “InSight’s timetable of activities on Mars has gone better than we hoped,” said InSight Project Manager Tom Hoffman. “Getting the seismometer safely on the ground is an awesome Christmas present.” Sci-Tech Share your voice NASA Space NASA’s InSight lander has perfectly deployed its seismometer on the surface of Mars, ready to listen for marsquakes. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s InSight mission is going from strength to strength with news that the Mars lander has successfully positioned its seismometer, ready to listen for marsquakes. NASA announced the news late on Wednesday, tweeting out a GIF of the instrument being placed on the red dust of Mars. According to the space agency, it’s the first time a scientific instrument has ever been placed on the surface of another planet. The InSight lander touched down on Mars in late November, ready for a seven-year mission that will see the spacecraft drill deeper into the planet than ever before. It will measure how the planet wobbles on its axis as it orbits the sun and ultimately study the composition of Mars’ core. Alongside all that science, InSight will also study seismic activity on Mars — just like Earth gets earthquakes, NASA is looking for ground motion, or “marsquakes,” beneath the Martian surface. But to do all that, NASA had to position InSight’s seismometer just right, which is no easy feat when you’re remotely operating a spacecraft on another planet with an eight-minute communications delay.  0 NASA’s InSight landing and the crazy odds behind getting… 5:54 Tags Post a commentlast_img read more

Camila Cabello and Matthew Hussey call off their relationship

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first_imgCamila Cabello has officially split from her coach boyfriend Matthew Hussey. Interestingly, the timing of Cabello dropping her new single, Senorita with Canadian hunk Shawn Mendes has set the speculation meter running! Reports state that Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s closeness could have caused the split.As per a source who spoke with The Sun, “Camila’s relationship with Matthew had run its course and they decided to break up about a fortnight ago. It was a mutual decision to end things. But they have spent a lot of time together over the last year and a half and want to stay friends despite going their own way.” The source also added, “This is, of course, going to fuel rumours that she and Shawn have become more than just pals though.”Senorita music videoYouTubeCamila and Matthew started dating each other back in 2018. It was confirmed in public when the two made their first appearance together at the Vanity Fair Oscars party. Speaking about their relationship, Cabello was quoted as saying, “In person, we’re just weird and silly and stupid together. He makes me the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.” She had further added, “Basically, there’s the me that I really am, on the inside, which is the nerdy one — the kind of introverted, shy one — and then there’s the sexy, overly confident one, doing great dance moves and being super sassy.”Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have been friends for a long time now. Senorita is not their first collaboration together as they have previously also worked together. In the latest song though, they play lovers, her a waitress and him a mysterious motorcyclist who is very smitten by each other. Ever since the music video has been dropped, people have commented on their undeniable chemistry. Be it their sultry dance or their passionate romance, their chemistry has been noted and it sure is sizzling. Shawn Mendes and Camila CabelloInstagramHence, it is not surprising that fans and everyone actually, are assuming that there could be something more than friendship brewing between them. Well, let’s wait for either Shawn or Camila to be the one to comment on the same!last_img read more