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NASA gives us daily weather reports from Mars



The average person is probably the most shocking aspect of the daily weather report that the temperature regularly drops below 130 degrees Fahrenheit and rarely exceeds 15 degrees Fahrenheit. You might also notice that it's pretty windy – the latest wind speed was recorded clockwise at 37.8mph. And the atmospheric pressure, usually somewhere around 700 Pascals, is considerably lower than the Earth's, where the average atmospheric pressure on the sea is more than 1

00,000 Pascals. But NASA is not that much interested in the weather, as it is to use these readings to get a better feel for the seismic activity on Mars.

InSight's sensor package, called APSS (Auxiliary Load Subsystem), is used "to detect sources of" noise "that can affect readings from the farmer's seismometer." APSS contains a magnetometer – the first ever placed on another planet – to capture changes in the local magnetic field, but the planet's extreme temperature fluctuations, high winds, and low atmospheric pressure can all mask "marches". And what NASA really wants to know is whether there is seismic activity that can tell more about how the earth was formed. While the agency sorts it out, it's why not share some of the easier tasks with us farmers.


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