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NASA’s Mars lander hears the “bloop” of meteorites hitting the Red Planet

The Mars InSight lander detected seismic and acoustic waves created when four space rocks slammed into the Red Planet’s surface.

InsightThe seismometer felt vibrations from the impacts in 2020 and 2021, marking the first detections of meteoroids hitting the planet since the lander began collecting data after landing in 2018. The meteoroid impacts occurred between 53 miles (85 kilometers) and 180 miles (290 km) from InSight’s location in the Elysium Planitia region of Marcha vast plain that stretches across the Martian equator.

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