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Published May 1991 | Published
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Scientific rationale and requirements for a global seismic network on Mars


Little is known of the internal structure or composition of Mars or the present rates and characteristics of tectonic activity and meteoroid impacts. The scientific tool best suited to address these issues is seismology. While a simple seismic experiment was included on the two Viking landers, one of the instruments did not operate and the experiment was severely limited by the location of the sensor high on the lander, the low sensitivity of the instrument, and the limited data rate allocated to seismic measurements.

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© 1991. Lunar and Planetary Institute. The Institute is operated by Universities Space Research Association under Contract NASW-4574 with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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