View Full Version : Solar Flares Altered Mars' Atmosphere

2006-Feb-24, 04:38 AM
SUMMARY: Boston University astronomers announced today that they've found evidence that solar flares change the upper Martian atmosphere. The researchers found that when X-ray bursts from the Sun reach Mars, they cause the planet's ionosphere to produce additional ions and electrons - exactly the same situation was recorded simultaneously by satellites here on Earth. The measurements were made by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor as it transmitted data back to Earth.

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2006-Feb-24, 06:40 PM
I would be rather surprised if they did not...however, it would be nice if the effects could be quantified and ratioed - The Kitchen Sink model predicts 10-15% greater ionization energy at Mars, relative to Earth, than 1/r^2 physics predict.