How did Mars lose its sky?

Billions of years ago, Mars had a thick atmosphere. So what happened to it? The MAVEN mission’s top brass explains how they found out where it went and why.

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Author: Ben Briggs

This 6-page feature from All About Space magazine explores what Mars is really like, and the mystery of its changing atmosphere. The article introduces the MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN), the probe which has helped scientists discover more about Mars’ history and present, and clarify what happened to the planet’s atmosphere.