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One of the challenges that astronauts will face on Mars is the presence of the fine Martian dust. Not only can the dust get into equipment and cause damage, but also it is extremely toxic with perchlorates.
NASA researchers published scientific findings from their work studying the Martian atmosphere in the November 5, 2015 issues of the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters. Their investigations helped to show that the solar wind is the main contributor to Martian climate change by stripping away the planet's atmosphere. This startling discovery was made using the space agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft currently in orbit above the dusty Martian terrain.
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) orbiter is the first spacecraft dedicated to studying the tenuous Martian atmosphere. The spacecraft recently completed the first of five planned dips into the lowest section of the upper Martian atmosphere, taking samples and relaying them back home to NASA.