Mars: Upper Atmosphere

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Science  11 Mar 1966:
Vol. 151, Issue 3715, pp. 1216-1221
DOI: 10.1126/science.151.3715.1216


The thermal structure of the upper atmosphere of Mars has been theoretically investigated. The exospheric temperature, for a pure CO2 model atmosphere, lies between 400° and 700°K. The origin of the Martian atmosphere is discussed in the light of these results.