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NASA’s ailing Mars lander feels shockwaves from ice-blasting meteoroid impact

Christmas came one day early for a lone geologist stationed on the Red Planet.

NASA’s InSight mission touched down on Mars in November 2018 to peer inside the planet, mapping its layers and faultlines. And on Dec. 24, 2021, the lander made a remarkable detection, catching seismic waves from a sizeable meteoroid impact. Photos taken from orbit made the signal even more intriguing, because scientists tied the seismic detection to the sight of a large, fresh crater.


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