NASA aims at answering basic questions about the enigmatic interior of Mars with a relatively low-cost lander in 2016 that will probe the red planet's core and look for signs of tectonic activity.
The Blacklight system, with 512 Xeon processors talking directly to dual 16TB memory banks, is now up and running at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.
NASA works with the U.S. Geological Survey to track and understand the Earth's restless crust. This video from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory traces the progress of seismology since the 1906 quake.
When the 1906 quake hit Northern California, author Jack London covered the damage for a magazine. The quake killed untold numbers, but it also gave rise to modern seismology in America. Here's the story with London's photos courtesy of the California Historical Society.
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