MAVEN: What let the air out of Mars?

NASA announced another baby step in our understanding of the universe this week when an analysis of data from MAVEN revealed that solar wind was responsible for the loss of atmosphere on the planet Mars.

The probe which is MAVEN (or the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission) launched in 2013. As long as a school bus at thirty seven and a half feet, and weighing as much as a fully loaded SUV at 5,450 pounds, MAVEN has six instruments which track the interaction of solar wind Continue reading “MAVEN: What let the air out of Mars?”