Fwd = New Research Reveals Mars' Lumpy Magnetic Field
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Original Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2001 20:57:25 +0100
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New Research Reveals Mars' Lumpy Magnetic Field
Boulder - Dec 3, 2001
New research from the University of Colorado at Boulder reveals that
areas of the surface of Mars may be protected from the full force of
solar radiation by areas of intensely magnetized crust.
The startling vision of Mars' magnetosphere is being explored by David
Brain, a doctoral student at CU-Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric
and Space Physics and his research advisor, Professor Fran Bagenal,
using magnetometer data from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft.
Brain's research has implications for the escape of atmospheric gases
into space and climate evolution on the red planet, as well as the
radiation environment of these areas -- possibly making them safer
landing sites for future human expeditions.
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