Polarity reversals in the solar wind magnetic field disconnect the magnetic field trailing behind Venus, allowing ions from the atmosphere to escape.
A. K. Higginson
Aleida Higginson received her B.Sc. in astrophysics in 2011 from Florida Institute of Technology and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan. She is physically located at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and uses numerical simulations to research the origin of the slow solar wind.
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