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NASA: Solar wind transformed Mars into cold, dry planet (Video)

By Mark Young, SouthFloridaReporter.com Managing Editor, Nov. 8, 2015 – We told you NASA was planning a “big announcement” about Mars Atmosphere on Thursday, we now know more about Mars atmosphere and why it’s a cold, dry planet.

According to NASA scientists, using data sent back by MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution), Mars was once a warm and wet environment – much like earth. Unlike earth and our protective magnetic fields, solar winds, traveling at one million miles an hour, stripped away the ions from Mars atmosphere, thus changing the Martian climate.

Here’s more from CNN’s Rachel Crane (video below) and Jareen Imam:

(CNN) – We now know more about what happened to Mars’ climate.

NASA announced on Thursday several major scientific findings by its MAVEN spacecraft that reveal significant details on the fate of the Martian atmosphere.

Scientists have known that billions of years ago, Mars was a wet, warm planet with a thick atmosphere that protected it. The Martian landscape once had water flowing through its long rivers that spilled out into lakes and oceans.

That world is a stark contrast to the dry and bitter cold planet we know it as today. The question researchers have pondered for ages is: What happened to cause such a major transformation?

“Quoting Bob Dylan: ‘The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind,’ ” said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program at NASA Headquarter during the announcement.

Read more of the report By Jareen Imam, CNN HERE

Video courtesy of CNN: Rachel Crane explains NASA’s latest findings about Mars: