#MAVEN measurements of a series of solar flares that erupted in September 2017 provided the first in situ data of #Mars’ upper atmospheric response to such an event.
Data from MAVEN’s suite of instruments revealed increased interactions between Mars’ ionosphere and thermosphere, and significantly higher than average O₂ atmospheric escape rates.
Read a related story in the American Geophysical Union (AGU)‘s EOS publication: http://bit.ly/2JfYbKJ.
To read the original related paper in Geophysical Research Letters, please visit: https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com….
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
University of Colorado Boulder
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