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MAVEN Probes the Martian Atmosphere | MconneX | MichEpedia

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Published on Nov 6, 2013

NASA'S MAVEN spacecraft is taking a 10-month journey to Mars to unravel several mysteries: What forces stripped away so much of the Red Planet's upper atmosphere, why Mars' climate is so different from Earth's, and how those same forces might someday affect Earth's atmosphere. Michigan Engineering's Stephen Bougher, the Andrew F. Nagy Collegiate Research Professor in the U-M Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, is a co-investigator on the MAVEN mission. He describes the workings of the spacecraft and its scientific objectives. The 5,410-pound, robotic spacecraft is scheduled to launch on November 18.

About the Professor: Stephen Bougher (http://aoss.engin.umich.edu/people/bo...) is the Andrew F. Nagy Collegiate Research Professor in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences. He concentrates his research on the study of planetary atmospheres. The long-term objective of his work is to contrast and compare the processes responsible for the structure and dynamics of the Venus, Earth, Mars and Jovian planet upper atmospheres -- all of which is important to an overall understanding of how atmospheres are driven and how they change over time, both naturally and in the case of Earth as a result of human influence.

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