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MAVEN maps the planetary ion fluxes near Mars

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MAVEN maps the planetary ion fluxes near Mars

The ionosphere of Mars plays a critical role in the loss of atmospheric gases and water to space. MAVEN has provided the first measurements of the composition of the ionosphere of Mars since Viking in 1976. Unlike Viking, which provided measurements at only one time of day, MAVEN has generated the first map of the full day/night structure of the ionosphere.

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