Solar winds blamed for turning Mars into cold, barren place

November 5, 2015 9:21 PM

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Scientists have long puzzled over just how Mars went from a warm and wet environment to the cold and arid planet depicted in the movie “The Martian.”

Data from NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission released Thursday show that solar winds over time appear to have stripped away the atmosphere that kept the Red Planet balmy - and that things were at their worse during solar storms.

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