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  • NASA confirmed H2O on planet Mercury; water ice found in polar region

    Neutron Spectrometer on Messenger spacecraft has witnessed water ice in polar region of the first planet Mercury. The closest planet to the sun is obviously extremely hot, but some craters in polar region where sun couldn’t shine are layered beneath with water ice. The temperature of the region could go to a level of 370 degrees below zero. The evidence opens for wider speculations after years since there was first assumption for water ice on Mercury. In 1992, bright and reflective surfaces were detected by radar near Mercury’s poles that was theoretically believed to be water. Check out the sources for more coverage. Hit for NASA video after the jump.

    ScienceMag, NYTimes

    NASA’s announcement of water ice on Mercury


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