MAVEN IDs Links in Chain Leading to Atmospheric Loss

December 16, 2014 5:33 PM

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MAVEN IDs Links in Chain Leading to Atmospheric Loss

Early discoveries by NASA’s newest Mars orbiter are starting to reveal key features about the loss of the planet’s atmosphere to space over time.

The findings are among the first returns from NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, which entered its science phase on Nov. 16. The observations reveal a new process by which the solar wind can penetrate deep into a planetary atmosphere. They include the first comprehensive ...

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