"Like the theft of a few coins from a cash register every day, the loss becomes significant over time...We've seen that the atmospheric erosion increases significantly during solar storms, so we think the loss rate was much higher billions of years ago when the sun was young and more active,” Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN principal investigator, said in a previous statement.
So what does this mean for Earth? Should we be terrified that our own wet and warm planet will follow the same fate as that cold, only slightly wet, red planet? With conditions like these, is it even possible for us to colonize -- or potentially terraform -- Mars? Will we ever be able to go up there and see that space babe and/or endorse her candidacy in the Miss Universe pageant?