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Has NASA found the fate of Mars' atmosphere? Acid fog on Mars, supervoids and cold holes in the sky....

4 Nov 2015, 11:06 UTC
Has NASA found the fate of Mars' atmosphere? Acid fog on Mars, supervoids and cold holes in the sky....
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NASA to present new finding on what happened to Mars' atmosphereI honestly don't have much on what this announcement will be about, only that it comes from the team of NASA's MAVEN orbiter, which is studying the atmosphere of Mars. My guess is that there'll be some new evidence as to how the Martian atmosphere - once thick enough to support rivers and lakes on the surface - became the relative wisp of gas it is today. The panellists, who'll be answering questions after the announcement are:Michael Meyer, lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program at NASA HeadquartersBruce Jakosky, MAVEN principal investigator at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado, Boulder Jasper Halekas, MAVEN Solar Wind Ion Analyzer instrument lead at the University of Iowa, Iowa CityYaxue Dong, MAVEN science team member at LASPDave Brain, MAVEN co-investigator at LASPBased on the areas of expertise present there I'd guess we're looking at an explanation relating to the solar wind gradually destroying the Martian atmosphere, but we'll find out tomorrow. The news briefing is at 2pm EST (that's 7pm GMT) will be available on NASA TV, here. Above: The surface of Mars is bleak desert today, ...

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