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Messenger Spacecraft confirms water-ice on Mercury

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  1. Altaris

    Altaris

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    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/messenger/media/PressConf20121129.html



    Here is the video of the press briefing they had this afternoon, confirming the findings and what all went into finding it. The other science nerds here should like it.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiXLTOPtL4U"]MESSENGER Confirms Water Ice in Abundance at Mercury's Poles - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    NeverMore1701 Fear no Evil Platinum Member

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  3. .264 magnum

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    Didn't we already more or less know Mercury sported surface ice in craters?
     
  4. Altaris

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    From what they talk about in the video, they kind of thought they did, which is why this mission was launched. Now they confirmed it, and found something new, which they weren't expecting, which was organic material in the craters as well.
     
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    I can't get the vid to work.

    The water is cool. The organic material might be mondo-significant. Did the ID it? Methane maybe? Surely not an amino acid?
     
  6. Altaris

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    It's just a youtube video.


    They don't say, so I don't know if they are still examining the organic material, or if they just aren't able to determine it with the equipment that is there.
     
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    Blast 'nuff said

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    Cool stuff. The link says the water and organic compounds were likely brought in by comet impacts.
     
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    skeeter7 Brass Vulture

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    Does this mean we can set up a new Gitmo there and just send them all to Mercury now?
     
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    Mercury has OIL!

    Drill there, drill now baby!

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  10. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Yeah, but now, I know for a fact if I'm on Mercury and need to make a Margarita, I'm good to go.
     
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    We need to attack Mercury.
     
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    aircarver Descent Terminated Silver Member

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  13. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    I don't know, but I'm not listening to 53 min of stuff to see if NASA can explain that in the video.

    53 min???? :wow:
     
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    Yeah, I’m a nerd, so I enjoyed it. I actually watched it live hah :supergrin: They have a question/answer session at the end, so that is part of the time.

    With how Mercury spins there are spots in some of the craters that are always in the shade, so it is below freezing in those spots. And they found the water-ice in every one of the spots that is in perpetual shade.
     
  15. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    I know. I'm not digging on you. I'm digging on NASA that could have put out a short-version. This is GT. I want my info NOW and I want it spoon-fed to me via firehose! ;)