Ice on Mercury
MESSENGER spacecraft provides evidence for frozen water on planet closest to sun
By Stephen Ornes, 15:55 PM December 17, 2012
Bright spots on Mercury have long tantalized astronomers who suspected the shiny patches were swatches of ice. In November, that old idea received new support from a spacecraft that’s been watching the tiny planet. Fresh data from the satellite offer the best evidence yet that frozen water lies exposed in dark craters near the north and south poles of the sun’s nearest neighbor. Even more ice might lie buried out of sight.
Water is a necessary ingredient for life as we know it, so scienti...
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