Mars' Magnetism and Its Interaction with the Solar Wind [electronic resource] / edited by Daniel Winterhalter, Mario Acuña, Alexander Zakharov
- Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2004.
- 1st ed. 2004.
- Physical Description:
- XI, 265 pages : online resource
- Additional Creators:
- Winterhalter, Daniel, Acuña, M. H., Zakharov, Alexander, and SpringerLink (Online service)
- Space Sciences Series of ISSI, 1385-7525 ; 18
- Mars Crustal Magnetism -- The Plasma Environment of Mars -- Bow Shock and Upstream Phenomena at Mars -- The Magnetic Field Pile-Up and Density Depletion in the Martian Magnetosheath: A Comparison with the Plasma Depletion Layer Upstream of the Earth's Magnetopause -- Mars Global Surveyor Observations of Solar Wind Magnetic Field Draping around Mars -- Magnetic Flux Ropes in the Martian Atmosphere: Global Characteristics -- Unusually Distant Bow Shock Encounters at Mars: Analysis of March 24, 1989 Event -- Mars express and Marsis -- List of Participants.
- Given that the question of an internal magnetic field is of fundamental importance to the understanding of Mars' formation and thermal evolution, and of the evolution of Mars' atmosphere, surprisingly few of the many spacecraft sent to Mars were equipped with instrumentation for such investigations. Of the 9 or so orbiters that have successfully archived Mars orbit, even if for a short period of time, only two have returned useful data about the magnetic field and about the plasma environment near Mars: The Phobos 2 spacecraft, and more recently, Mars Global Surveyor (MGS). With the discovery by MGS that Mars has large remnant magnetic field structures indicating an internal dynamo long extinct, the true nature of the past and present interaction between Mars and the solar wind comes, for the first time, into sharp focus. This work, detailing the integration and new interpretation of the MGS and Phobos results, is a primary reference for the researcher studying solar wind/planet interactions.
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