MAVEN: Mars Atmospheric Loss

  • Released Tuesday, November 5, 2013

When you take a look at Mars, you probably wouldn't think that it looks like a nice place to live. It's dry, it's dusty, and there's practically no atmosphere. But some scientists think that Mars may have once looked like a much nicer place to live, with a thicker atmosphere, cloudy skies, and possibly even liquid water flowing over the surface. So how did Mars transform from a warm, wet world to a cold, barren desert? NASA's MAVEN spacecraft will give us a clearer idea of how Mars lost its atmosphere (and thus its water), and scientists think that several processes have had an impact.

Learn more about these processes in the videos below!



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This page was originally published on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:51 PM EDT.


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  • MAVEN: Mars Atmospheric Loss Processes (ID: 2012098)
    Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 4:00AM
    Produced by - Brendan Antiochos (NASA)