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Data from modelling to resolve whether SEIS detected new crater

Data from Modelling to resolve whether SEIS has detected the formation of a 1.5m diameter crater

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Carène Larmat
Keisuke Onodera
Ross Maguire
Philippe Lognonné
Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP)
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A new 1.5m diameter crater was discovered on Context camera Images of Mars surface. This crater is relatively close to the NASA InSight lander, at a distance of approximately 40km.
Three seismic events were recorded by SEIS, the seismometer of InSight, between the last image without the crater and the second image with the crater. Seismic analysis and modelling were performed in order to test if any of these events is indeed the record of the formation of the crater.
This dataset contains the supporting modelling of this study. It consists of: (1) the full-waveform modelling at different ranges of an isotropic seismic source with a seismic moment of 1e7 N.m in a smooth model of Mars velocity structure. Three solvers are compared: AxiSEM, OpenSWPC, and SPECFEM3D; The seismic moment rate function used for the AxiSEM modelling is a Gaussian of a period of 1s, and a Küpper wavelet with a period of 1s for OpenSWPC and SPECFEM3D. (2) The upper crust model used for the computation of surface waves group velocity of Figure 3, main text of Daubard et al (2020). The model has the following parameters: Density, vp and vs models used for group velocity computations at depths of 5 meter to 1 km. At depths less than 5 meters, model B9 of Lognonné et al. (2020) is used, while at depths below 1 km, the TAYAK model is used (Smrekar et al., 2019).


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Larmat, C., Onodera, K., Maguire, R. & Lognonné, P. (2020). Modelling to resolve whether SEIS, the seismometer of the NASA Insight Lander, has detected teh formation of a 1.5m diameter crater which occurred about 40km away. Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP). https://doi.org/10.18715/jgr_newcratermod_2020
Daubard, I. et al., A New Crater Near InSight: Implications for Seismic Impact Detectability on Mars, J. Geophysical Research, in the press, 2020.

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