NASA's MAVEN may have found clues to how Mars lost atmosphere

December 17, 2014 12:32 PM

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NASA's MAVEN may have found clues to how Mars lost atmosphere

The first results from NASA's MAVEN mission may be able to provide clues regarding how Mars lost its atmosphere to space over time.

The observations revealed a new process by which the solar wind can penetrate deep into a planetary atmosphere. They include the first comprehensive measurements of the composition of Mars' upper atmosphere and electrically charged ionosphere.

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