Daytime on Mercury's equator can break the 800-degree mark, but nonetheless there's long been speculation that the first planet's poles might be icy. A new analysis of neutron-spectrometry data returned by the Messenger probe confirms the hypothesis: there's ice in some polar craters!
When radar detected brightness near Mercury's poles in 1992, the prevailing theory and hope was that it was H2O, but there are other reflective substances it might have been: lovely white sand deserts, perhaps.
Messenger, the NASA probe that's been orbiting Mercury for a couple of years now, analyzed neutrons coming from the planet, and noticed that the quantity was lower above the polar bright spots -- exactly commensurate with the way water ice absorbs neutrons.
Time to build a Mercury colony.
I told friends that they will admit to finding organics on Mercury before they will admit to finding organics on Mars, it looks like I was right.
See he full version of water ice and organics on Mercury here
Does this make a manned mission to Mercury a possibility?
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"That's no space station, it looks more like a small moon"
thats amazing. water, heat & ice could make life. Mercury Cougars! R Back!!
That's no moon!!!! Reverse thrusters!
I can't, we are caught in a tractor beem!
Ok, guys, I guess were going in....
Like every cell, molecule, quark, planet, moon or star incorporates a black hole at its nucleus. Instigated reactions to a black hole produce its atomic reactions.
INSTIGATED REACTION is the black hole’s intake or its nutritional feeding.
Like all cells etc our sun spews its info cells or atomic energy. This energy atomically interacts creating heat, creating light with most of what it encounters, the smallness of dark matter or energy being one exception.
From this encounter or collision, created light feeds on the Aura or Info Cells (dark matter) of what it has come in contact with. Using this continuous magnetic energy connection, info cells of Earth are affectively transported to the sun to be used as nutrition or fuel of its black hole. This of course means we’re no longer #1 on the food chain!
Our sun is a cold, cold activated black hole. It appears to us as being hot and bright but it is not. What we observe as a fiery object is in fact collision or reaction between the force emitting from this black hole and the accumulation of packed STUPH – the sun’s digestive system if you like.
When you stand back from a fire you no longer feel its heat. The sun being no exception; we and Mercury do not receive heat and light from the sun’s outer fire!