InSight Mission Will Reveal Mars’ Past Hidden Just Five Meters Below Its Surface
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Ana-Catalina holds a postdoctoral position at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Department of Planetary Physics.

                       

InSight Mission Will Reveal Mars’ Past Hidden Just Five Meters Below Its Surface

Rocky planets like Mars and Earth have formed during the early stages of our Solar System by acquiring their mass through collisions of planetesimals and protoplanets. Such energetic collisions, as well as the decay of radioactive heat producing elements and the process of core formation, produce a large amount of heat that has been stored in the planetary interior. This heat is efficiently transported by convection in the rocky mantle, which on timescales of millions of years behaves similarly to...

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