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MAVEN: Mars Atmospheric Loss

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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Credits

Chris Smith (HTSI): Lead Animator
Chris Smith (HTSI): Video Editor
Chris Smith (HTSI): Narrator
Dan Gallagher (USRA): Narrator
Chris Smith (HTSI): Producer
Bruce Jakosky (LASP): Scientist
Chris Smith (HTSI): Writer
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Missions:
MAVEN: Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN
SDO

This item is part of these series:
Narrated Movies
MAVEN Science Videos
MAVEN

Goddard TV Tape:
G2012-098 -- MAVEN: Mars Atmospheric Loss Processes

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