NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission have discovered that solar wind plays a significant role in the process that seems to have changed the Martian climate from an early, warm and wet atmosphere that might have supported life to the raw, barren planet Mars is today.
Applying a new way in planetary formation modeling, where celestial bodies develop from tiny objects named ‘pebbles,’ researchers reveal why Mars is so much tinier than Earth. This same process also reveals the rapid creation of the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn, as announced earlier this year.
Flowing water on Mars has been discovered running down craters and canyons. According to scientists from NASA, the findings raise the chance of Mars being home to some type of life.