In a discovery Scientists said Tuesday they might have detected the first known seismic tremor on Mars that could shed light on the ancient origins of Earth's neighbour.
In December after hitching a ride on NASA's InSight spacecraft A dome-shaped probe known as SEIS landed on the surface of Mars.
"Marsquakes" -- or those caused by meteorite impacts are Its instruments measure surface vibrations caused by weather but are also capable of detecting movement from deep within the planet.
It had detected "a weak but distinct seismic signal" from the probe said The French space agency Cnes, which operates SEIS.
Hopefully providing insight into its formation billions of years ago, The team hopes to be able to gather information about the activity at the centre of Mars.
Philippe Lognonne, a researcher at Paris' Institut de Physique du Globe said "It's great to finally have a sign that there's still seismic activity on Mars".
"We've waited for our first Martian quake for months."
"Marks the birth of a new discipline: Martian seismology." According to NASA's Bruce Banerdt, the quake detection.
Picked up on April 6 The team said they were still working to confirm the cause of the tremor and ensure it came from the planet's interior rather than wind or noise distortion.
By the apparatus three other similar but weaker signals of tremors had been picked up said by scientists.