Tiny Planet Mercury Is Shrinking Fast.
Color and black-and-white images of Earth taken by two NASA interplanetary spacecraft on July 19 show our planet and its moon as bright beacons from millions of miles away in space.
Earth-based telescopes have been compiling evidence for ice on Mercury for 20 years, but the finding of organics was a surprise, say researchers with NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, the first probe to orbit Mercury.
Mercury, the aboriginal and centermost planet in our solar system, revolves about the sun in a simple 88 days, authoritative a bound apogee that keeps the planet abundantly toasty.
The scientists who conducted the research aircraft observations with the help MESSENGER find data that supports the old hypothesis that Mercury contains abundant water ice and other frozen volatile materials in the dark polar craters.