One of the most accepted theories is that solar wind stripped the majority of the atmosphere on Mars, following its magnetic field loss around 4 billion years ago.
To conduct the study, a team of researchers reanalyzed the observations of a Dust storm that NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had made.
"We found there's an increase in water vapor in the middle atmosphere in connection with Dust Storms," said Nicholas Heavens, study lead author and a geophysicist at Virginia’s Hampton University.
Study coauthor David Kass feels that having a global dust storm on Mars would be good because scientists will then be able to understand the phenomenon better.
The upcoming Insight mission would be affected, too, as its entry course has to be altered to ensure safe landing and descent on the planet in November this year.
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