What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs - much deeper than at Earth or elsewhere on Mars," said Arnaud Stiepen, IUVS
team member at the University of Colorado.
With these observations, MAVEN's IUVS
has obtained the most complete picture of the extended Martian upper atmosphere ever made," said MAVEN Remote Sensing Team member Mike Chaffin of the University of Colorado, Boulder.
performs 'remote sensing', meaning we can study the planet and its atmosphere at a distance through the light it emits," said Nick Schneider, IUVS
lead scientist from CU/LASP.