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It's Official! Water Ice Discovered on Mercury
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[quote:Anonymous Coward 1591849:MV8yMDY2MTY3XzM0NzYzOTU1X0NFRjYyODI=] That means there's life! Water is life (basically) .. We will hear more about space over the next few weeks. Something big is coming IMHO. [/quote]
It's time to add Mercury to the list of worlds where you can go ice-skating. Confirming decades of suspicion, a NASA spacecraft has spotted vast deposits of water ice on the planet closest to the sun.
Temperatures on Mercury can reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit (427 degrees Celsius), but around the north pole, in areas permanently shielded from the sun's heat, NASA's Messenger spacecraft found a mix of frozen water and possible organic materials.
Evidence of big pockets of ice is visible from a latitude of 85 degrees north up to the pole, with smaller deposits scattered as far away as 65 degrees north
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