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Xiaohua Fang, Stephen W. Bougher, Robert E. Johnson, Janet G. Luhmann, Yingjuan Ma, Yung-Ching Wang and Michael W. Liemohn The importance of pickup oxygen ion precipitation to the Mars upper atmosphere under extreme solar wind conditions Geophysical Research Letters 40

Article first published online: 30 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/grl.50415

Key Points

  • pickup O+ is important to the Mars thermosphere during space weather events
  • Temperature can be greatly enhanced and composition and wind can be altered
  • Sputtering loss and possibly heavy species thermal escape become more important

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