MAVEN has provided the first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars.
It returned the results in the following images:
The main mission of MAVEN is to study the effect of the sun on the martian atmosphere. Solar activity such as flares and coronal mass ejections are believed to be behind the reason why the Martian atmosphere is so weak. High energy solar particles have the ability to strip oxygen from the atmosphere. We are protected on earth by the earth's powerful magnetic field. MAVEN is also building up a comprehensive map of Mars' ozone layer.
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