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Mario Acuna, Daniel Winterhalter, Alexander Zakharov
Mars' Magnetism, and Its Interaction with the Solar Wind
An Integration of Mars Global Surveyor and Phobos Mission Data

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.

Table of contents
  • Introducton and Foreword.
  • Review articles.
    • Mars crustal magnetism; J. E. P. Connery et al.
    • The plasma environment on Mars; A. F. Nagy et al.
    • Bow shock and upstream phenomena at Mars; C. Mazelle et al.
  • contributed Papers.
    • 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; M. Øyeroset et al.
    • Mars global surveyour observations of solar wind magnetic field draping around Mars; D. H. Crider et al.
    • Magnetic flux ropes in the Martian atmosphere: Global characteristics; D. Vignes et al.
    • Unusually distant bow shock encounters at Mars: analysis of March 24, 1989 event; M. I . Verigin et al.
    • Mars express and MARSIS; E. Nielsen.
  • List of partisipants.

Kluwer Academic Publishing, 2004, 282 S.
116,60 Euro
ISBN: 978-1-4020-2048-3

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