Thread: SSA 2020 Technical Session: InSight Seismology on Mars: Results From the First (Earth) Year of Data and Prospects for the Future

Started: 2020-01-08 19:42:00
Last activity: 2020-01-08 19:42:00
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Dear Colleagues,

Please join us in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 27–30 April, 2020 for the SSA Annual Meeting and consider participating in the session entitled "InSight Seismology on Mars: Results From the First (Earth) Year of Data and Prospects for the Future " (description below). Abstracts are now being accepted until 14 January, 2020. Please see< for additional meeting details. (Apologies for directly lifting text of this from all the other announcements out there).

The session description is below, but I want to emphasize that we are happy to get contributions from outside the InSight team that are using the data available *right now* on the IRIS DMC. We’re also interested in abstracts building towards the future of planetary seismology on Mars, the moon, or anywhere else.

Mark Panning (on behalf of co-conveners Sharon Kedar and Bruce Banerdt)

Session description:
The InSight mission landed on Mars on November 26, 2018 and was the first to place an ultra-sensitive broadband seismometer on the surface of another planet. It will provide key information on the composition and structure of an Earth-like planet that has gone through most of the evolutionary stages of the Earth up to, but not including, plate tectonics. Using seismology, geodesy and heat flow measurement, InSight aims to determine the thickness and structure of the Martian crust and mantle, the size and state of the core, the planet’s thermal state and the level of tectonic activity and rate of meteorite impacts.

The two-year (one Mars year) InSight mission ushers in a new era in planetary seismology. In the coming years and decades NASA may launch missions to explore the interiors of our Moon, Venus and the “Ocean Worlds” of the Solar System (e.g., Europa, Enceladus and Titan). Other Space agencies might also launch additional missions with seismometers. While the focus of these mission concepts vary from fundamental geophysics to detection of life and conditions for life, seismological 18 exploration of planetary bodies’ interiors is likely to play a key role in understanding planetary state and evolution by helping to determine their thermal and chemical make-up.

We invite contributions that take advantage of the seismic data from the first year on Mars, as well as modeling that looks forward to upcoming data from Mars or other planetary bodies. With data being made available through the IRIS Data Management Center, results from both within and outside the mission science team are welcome.

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