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August 12 2013

Mars probe to solve atmospheric mystery


While NASA's Curiosity and Opportunity rovers drive across the red planet's surface, a new probe is being prepared for launch to figure out why Mars lost its protective atmosphere.

Scientists believe that Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun, started off much more like Earth, with warm temperatures and water flowing across its surface. But something happened that turned Mars into a cold and dry desert.

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission (MAVEN) is designed to provide some answers.

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