Mars’ Magnetism and Its Interaction with the Solar Wind

  • Daniel Winterhalter
  • Mario Acuña
  • Alexander Zakharov

Part of the Space Sciences Series of ISSI book series (SSSI, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Review Articles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages xi-xi
    2. J. E. P. Connerney, M. H. Acuña, N. F. Ness, T. Spohn, G. Schubert
      Pages 1-32
    3. A. F. Nagy, D. Winterhalter, K. Sauer, T. E. Cravens, S. Brecht, C. Mazelle et al.
      Pages 33-114
    4. C. Mazelle, D. Winterhalter, K. Sauer, J. G. Trotignon, M. H. Acuña, K. Baumgärtel et al.
      Pages 115-181
  3. Contributed Papers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Marit Øieroset, David L. Mitchell, Tai D. Phan, Robert P. Lin, Dana H. Crider, Mario H. Acuña
      Pages 185-202
    3. Dana H. Crider, David A. Brain, Mario H. Acuña, Didier Vignes, Christian Mazelle, Cesar Bertucci
      Pages 203-221
    4. D. Vignes, M. H. Acuña, J. E. P. Connerney, D. H. Crider, H. Rème, C. Mazelle
      Pages 223-231
    5. M. I. Verigin, J. Slavin, A. Szabo, G. A. Kotova, A. P. Remizov, H. Rosenbauer et al.
      Pages 233-243
    6. Erling Nielsen
      Pages 245-262
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 263-265

About this book


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.


Planet Solar wind magnetic field magnetism solar

Editors and affiliations

  • Daniel Winterhalter
    • 1
  • Mario Acuña
    • 2
  • Alexander Zakharov
    • 3
  1. 1.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyUSA
  2. 2.NASA/Goddard Space Flight CenterUSA
  3. 3.Space Research InstituteMoscowRussia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6582-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-48604-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1385-7525
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