Science Seminars

4/23/2015 – Early Results from the MAVEN Mission to Mars

Speaker: Bruce Jakosky (LASP)
Date: Thursday, Apr 23, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: SPSC W120

Seminar Abstract:

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission is designed to explore the Mars upper atmosphere and its interactions with the Sun and solar wind. It’s goal is to understand the processes controlling the structure and composition of the upper atmosphere and ionosphere, to determine the escape rate of gas to space at the present epoch and understand the processes controlling it, and to obtain information that allows us to extrapolate backwards to determine the total loss to space throughout Martian history. MAVEN has been in orbit at Mars since Fall 2014, and is about five months into its one-Earth-year primary mission. All of the instruments are collecting data as intended, and we are beginning to see the full range of processes that are operating at Mars; this includes some unanticipated results. I will discuss the mission and early science results.