Journal of Molecular Evolution

, Volume 14, Issue 1–3, pp 5–12 | Cite as

The Martian atmosphere: Some unanswered questions

  • Tobias Owen
Atmosphere and Surface

Summary

The study of the Martian atmosphere and its significance for the possible origin of life on Mars is still very incomplete. Further investigations are needed to define the total volatile inventory, the early history of the atmosphere, and the relationship of the atmosphere to the question of indigenous life. In addition, studies of Venus, comets, and the Jupiter system will add significantly to our abilities to understand the early history of Mars.

Keywords

Unanswered Question Early History Martian Atmosphere Jupiter System Indigenous Life 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tobias Owen
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  1. 1.Department of Earth and Space SciencesState University of New YorkStony BrookUSA

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