Earth  Planets and Moons  ID: 13342

MAVEN Explores Mars to Understand Radio Interference at Earth

NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN) spacecraft has discovered “layers” and “rifts” in the electrically charged part of the upper atmosphere (the ionosphere) of Mars. The phenomenon is very common at Earth and causes unpredictable disruptions to radio communications. However, we do not fully understand them because they form at altitudes that are very difficult to explore at Earth. The unexpected discovery by MAVEN shows that Mars is a unique laboratory to explore and better understand this highly disruptive phenomenon.

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Jonathan North (USRA):
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Krystofer Kim (USRA):
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Jacquelyn DeMink (USRA):
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Bruce Jakosky (LASP):
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Glyn Collinson (Catholic University of America):
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Mission:
MAVEN: Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN

Keywords:
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Mars
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Spectral/Engineering >> Radio Wave
GCMD >> Earth Science >> Sun-earth Interactions >> Ionosphere/Magnetosphere Particles
SVS >> Solar System >> Planets >> Mars >> Ionosphere
NASA Science >> Earth
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
SVS >> Mars Atmosphere
SVS >> Mars Upper Atmosphere

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0