MAVEN witnesses atmospheric response to September 2017 solar flares

#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:

To read the original related paper in Geophysical Research Letters, please visit:….

Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
University of Colorado Boulder

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