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Mars Express:New views of the Martian ionosphere

15 Nov 2012, 17:17 UTC
Mars Express:New views of the Martian ionosphere P. Withers, Boston University

High above the main body of Mars&apos atmosphere is a region of weakly ionised gas, known as the ionosphere. For the last eight years this poorly understood region has been observed by instruments on board ESA&aposs Mars Express orbiter, and new studies show that the dayside ionosphere is more variable and more complex than previously thought.

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