A new paper which was recently showcased during the annual European Planetary Science Congress earlier this month highlights the detection of interesting magnetic pulses on Mars during the night. The pulses were spotted with the help of the Mars InSight lander.
The continuous pulsations detected by the InSight FluxGate (or IFG) took the researchers by surprise since they are different in comparison to what is observed on the surface of our planet during the same local timeframe. It is important to keep in mind the fact that counterparts for several geomagnetic pulsations found on Earth are absent on Mars.
According to a reliable source, the intensity of the pulses was up to 20 times higher in comparison to previous measurements. The new information is quite useful as it allows researcher to learn more about the magnetic history of the Red Planet.
It is thought that the magnetic pulsations detected by the lander could be linked to fluctuations which take place on the magnetospheric boundary and near the induced magnetotail of the planet. In this case, new questions surface as the way in which the oscillations can travel through the magnetosphere and ionosphere remain a mystery for now.
Another important detail is represented by the fact the vibrations seem to follow a regular frequency, which is quite unusual especially if we take into account the fact that the lander is currently located in the equatorial region of the planet.
The Mars InSight lander reached the surface of the planet in November 2018. During the landing, the researchers were quite stressed since they didn’t have the ability to control de spacecraft during the procedure. A wide assortment of scientific tools allows the render to gather and send valuable data about the inner areas of the planet.
Earlier in April, the lander recorded the first evidence of an earthquake which took place on Mars. It is likely that more information will be available in the future.