The Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer on the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission

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The Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS) of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) is designed to measure the composition, structure, and variability of the upper atmosphere of Mars. The NGIMS complements two other instrument packages on the MAVEN spacecraft designed to characterize the neutral upper atmosphere and ionosphere of Mars and the solar wind input to this region of the atmosphere. The combined measurement set is designed to quantify atmosphere escape rates and provide input to models of the evolution of the martian atmosphere. The NGIMS is designed to measure both surface reactive and inert neutral species and ambient ions along the spacecraft track over the 125–500 km altitude region utilizing a dual ion source and a quadrupole analyzer.

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@inproceedings{Mahaffy2014TheNG, title={The Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer on the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission}, author={Paul R. Mahaffy and M Benna and Daniel N. Harpold and Robert Arvey and Michael Barciniak and Daniel Carrigan and Christopher S Johnson and Patrick Kimvilakani and Matthew Lefavor and Anthony Melak and Cynthia Gundersen and Thomas B. Nolan}, year={2014} }