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MAVEN captures solar storm hitting Mars, prepares for comet flyby
MAVEN captures solar storm hitting Mars, prepares for comet flyby

NASA’s MAVEN mission has sent back its first look at a solar storm that hit the Martian atmosphere last month, delivering detailed images of the halos of hydrogen, oxygen and carbon surrounding the Red Planet and even mapping the ozone lying beneath these high atmospheric layers. And, technically, it hasn’t even started its science phase yet. “Just this morning my administrative assistant told me that for the first time in months she’s hearing me whistling again as I walk down the corridor,” MAVEN principal investigator Bruce Jakosky, a planetary scientist at the University of Colorado, Boulder, said at a briefing. “This is going to really be an exciting...

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