Mars has practically no magnetosphere. Where does the impact of a solar flare on the electronics of Mars landers and rovers fall along the scale of nothing to EMP?

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    $\begingroup$ On electronics in general, yeah. $\endgroup$ – Chris B. Behrens Feb 11 at 23:24
  • $\begingroup$ I would think that somebody better at the physics can come up with a generalized approximation, but that should be fine. $\endgroup$ – Chris B. Behrens Feb 11 at 23:34
  • $\begingroup$ Please feel free to roll back or edit further. There's two ways you can ask this. 1) How bad have the known effects been in terms of experience, documented events related to known solar flares, or 2) "What would the effects be" or "How are electronics protected from". Maybe the EMP is a distraction to the question, you'd have to specify the yield of the detonation, and the distance, and there's a big problem with Mars' atmosphere being so thin that its harder to generate an EMP than on Earth $\endgroup$ – uhoh Feb 11 at 23:39
  • $\begingroup$ See Would the EMP from atmospheric polar nuclear detonations on Mars felt by orbiting spacecraft be larger or smaller than (if it were) on Earth? and also this answer. I'd say if you are not really interested in EMP's it would be better to zero in on understanding the effects of a solar flare or CME. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Feb 11 at 23:40
  • $\begingroup$ Do you think that the reader will be confused by the analogy? $\endgroup$ – Chris B. Behrens Feb 11 at 23:53

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