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NASA’s MAVEN science highlights at AGU 2022

December 8, 2022

A guide to notable research from NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission being presented at the hybrid Dec. 12-16 American Geophysical Union 2022 meeting.

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Teamwork, dream work: MAVEN and JWST observe Mars at different wavelengths

September 23, 2022

NASA’s MAVEN mission made a comparable observation of Mars to JWST’s first image of the Red Planet.

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Two heads are better than one: The LPW and ROSE comparison

September 14, 2022

“Two heads are better than one” is commonly said, but what about two instruments? In this Publication Highlight, MAVEN scientists compare the instruments LPW & ROSE to check whether the electron densities that they measured in the ionosphere of Mars are accurate.

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an artist's rendition of Scorpius X-1. The blue star (left) is orbiting the neutron star, which is pulling material from the blue star via a accretion disk (left)

Happy Coincidences: Learning about Mars using Scorpius X-1

April 13, 2022

Dr. Ali Rahmati, a research physicist at the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California Berkeley, realized that MAVEN’s Solar Energic Particle (SEP) detector, an instrument built to detect particles from the Sun, could also detect X-rays from outside our solar system. Rahmati, along with the members of the SEP team, quickly realized that these X-rays, which were emanating from the binary system Scorpius X-1—a system consisting of a neutron star and a blue star about 9,000 light years from Earth—could be used to learn more about Mars.

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Hanley et al. and the Case of the Hot Ions

February 16, 2022

The MAVEN team is conducting exciting, new scientific research every day! Each month, we’ll be highlighting an interesting paper in a jargon-free format. This month, we looked at “In Situ Measurements of Thermal Ion Temperature in the Martian Ionosphere”, which Gwen Hanley and colleagues published in JGR Space Physics in December 2021.

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MAVEN Postcard from Mars!

December 6, 2021
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Dust storms drive water loss at Mars

April 18, 2021
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Circulation in the middle atmosphere of Mars revealed by MAVEN

October 1, 2020
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What causes ‘clumping’ in the Martian ionosphere?

July 10, 2020
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MAVEN Observes Time-Shifted Solar Minimum at Mars

April 14, 2020
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MAVEN Reveals Global Wind Patterns in Mars’ Upper Atmosphere

April 1, 2020
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Why is there so much argon at high altitudes above Mars?

January 23, 2020
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New model reveals that electron energy loss near Mars is an illusion

December 12, 2019
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Mars CO2 Inventory Determined Using Results From Multiple Spacecraft

August 9, 2019
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MAVEN Discovers Traveling Ionospheric Disturbances at Mars

July 24, 2019
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The Gateway to the Mars Upper Atmosphere Breathes In and Out

March 14, 2019
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MAVEN Provides First Look at Mars Dayside Magnetic Reconnection

March 14, 2019
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MAVEN Discovers Mars Proton Aurora

November 8, 2018
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Mars Boils Over

June 8, 2017
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Permanent Presence of Meteoritic Metal Ions in Mars’ Upper Atmosphere

April 29, 2017
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First 3-D Map of Mars Magnetic Topology

April 28, 2017
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MAVEN discovers Kelvin-Helmholtz vortices at Mars

April 27, 2017
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Martian Magnetic Storms

April 26, 2017
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Mars’ Climate Change: Where Did the Gas from an Early, Thick Atmosphere Go?

April 25, 2017
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MAVEN Detects Steep Drop in Hydrogen Escape at Mars

January 25, 2017
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MAVEN finds dynamic electrons at Mars

May 20, 2016
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MAVEN maps the planetary ion fluxes near Mars

December 7, 2015
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MAVEN Finds Escaping Ions Form “Mohawk” Pattern of Polar Plumes

June 25, 2015
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MAVEN Observes Mysterious Dust Cloud Surrounding Mars

March 23, 2015
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MAVEN Detects Unexpected Aurora on Mars

March 22, 2015
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Ultraviolet image of Comet Siding Spring’s Hydrogen Coma

January 12, 2015
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Particles and Fields cruise observations

July 2, 2014
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IUVS cruise observations

June 3, 2014
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