NASA Finally Found Images and Info of Mars Upper Atmosphere

October 16, 2014 4:23 AM

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Even though NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has already entered the orbit of the Red Planet, it’s still not out of its commissioning period. It means the scientists are still turning its instruments on and testing them. Quite interestingly, the spacecraft has started collecting specific data, which is a testament to the fact that MAVEN is a highly capable spacecraft and can play a big role in learning more about the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet. The scientists launched this mission to discover what led to the thinning of the Martian atmosphere, and the NASA has confirmed that the things are moving in the right direction.

The agency also mentioned that MAVEN has sent images of solar energetic particles (SEPs) that collected on the planet due to a storm of SEPs. These are high-energy particles blasting off directly from the sun during any specific explosive solar activity like solar flare and coronal mass ejection. Th...

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