Solar Wind-Induced Atmospheric Erosion at Mars: First Results from ASPERA-3 on Mars Express

@article{Lundin2004SolarWA,
  title={Solar Wind-Induced Atmospheric Erosion at Mars: First Results from ASPERA-3 on Mars Express},
  author={R. Lundin and S. Barabash and H. Andersson and M. Holmstr{\"o}m and A. Grigoriev and M. Yamauchi and J. Sauvaud and A. Fedorov and E. Budnik and J. Thocaven and D. Winningham and R. Frahm and J. Scherrer and J. Sharber and K. Asamura and H. Hayakawa and A. Coates and D. Linder and C. Curtis and K. Hsieh and B. Sandel and M. Grande and M. Carter and D. Reading and H. Koskinen and E. Kallio and P. Riihela and W. Schmidt and T. S{\"a}les and J. Kozyra and N. Krupp and J. Woch and J. Luhmann and S. Mckenna-Lawler and R. Cerulli-Irelli and S. Orsini and M. Maggi and A. Mura and A. Milillo and E. Roelof and D. Williams and S. Livi and P Brandt and P. Wurz and P. Bochsler},
  journal={Science},
  year={2004},
  volume={305},
  pages={1933 - 1936}
}
The Analyzer of Space Plasma and Energetic Atoms (ASPERA) on board the Mars Express spacecraft found that solar wind plasma and accelerated ionospheric ions may be observed all the way down to the Mars Express pericenter of 270 kilometers above the dayside planetary surface. This is very deep in the ionosphere, implying direct exposure of the martian topside atmosphere to solar wind plasma forcing. The low-altitude penetration of solar wind plasma and the energization of ionospheric plasma may… Expand
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