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Water Ice Found on Mercury!

Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:12 am
by wallarookiller
Water ice has been found on the planet closest to the sun, Mercury. NASA's messenger probe has found billions of metric tons of ice on the north pole of mercury and some scientists say that there is also a thin layer of alien organic life covering the ice as well. This could be the first alien life we've every scientifically come across that has been disclosed. ... ercury.php

Pretty cool stuff if you ask me.

Re: Water Ice Found on Mercury!

Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:31 pm
by rob42
I've just been watching The Sky at Night on BBC4 and it was reported that: "We've seen the signature of water in the freezing, permanently shadowed creators of both the North and South poles." No mention of the organic life reports that you have seen, mind, but it is the BBC after all.

The source of the story seems to be ... 21129.html

... well worth reading.

Re: Water Ice Found on Mercury!

Posted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 9:44 am
by falkor
looks like the BBC have lifted an image off there Rob :tooT:

Scientists have finally shown what has been postulated for decades: the planet Mercury holds billions of tonnes of water ice at its north pole.

A report in Science shows evidence from the Messenger spacecraft that craters in constant shadow host water.

A further pair of Science papers shows that much of the ice is beneath an insulating layer of dark material rich in organic and "volatile" molecules.

The findings may help explain how these ingredients first arrived on Earth.

Messenger was the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury, and since its arrival in March 2011 has been feeding back the best images of the planet that scientists have ever seen.

The principal evidence for water ice comes from the craft's "neutron spectrometer", which can detect the subatomic particle neutrons as they stream from Mercury.