It's not too far out of the way.
NASA announced Thursday that its Messenger probe has discovered new evidence of water ice on Mercury.
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Scientists with NASA's Messenger mission have announced that they've confirmed the existence of water ice in permanently shadowed craters near Mercury's poles.The universe never ceases to amaze me.Today three teams of planetary scientists announced a truly amazing result, something I've been hoping to hear for more than 20 years and expected to hear about 8 months ago. The hellish planet Mercury harbors substantial amounts of water ice — ice! — on the walls and floors of craters near its poles that are never exposed to sunlight.
This stunning revelation is detailed in a trio of reports published online today in Science Express. All are based on results from NASA's Messenger spacecraft, which has been orbiting the innermost planet for about 1½ years.
"Sometimes the things you don't want to hear, are the very things you need to hear"
This is a duplicate thread. The other one is called "Thirsty? Let's go out for a cool drink of water. ."
It's NOT the end of steam, it's the end of CHEAP steam.
Be prepared. (Sandy said so.)
http://www.space.com/18687-water-ice...discovery.htmlIt'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.
Water, water, everywhere...
Though, I do enjoy my reputation as a Luddite, and as a Champion against Scientific Materialism, I actually love science and new discoveries. I'm a big fan of the scientific method. And space fascinates me endlessly. We live in exciting times, where we get to learn so much, and that is thanks to science. Hooray for Science!
I wonder where there isn't any water? Anywhere?
... neat. Never would have suspected so with the planet so close to the Sun. Even if it is shady at the poles all the time, you'd still think it'd be hot, or at least warm enough so ice couldn't form.
Maybe the addition of "--on Mercury" to the end of the title would benefit?
Just a suggestion.
I wonder if the substance on Mercury that is being identified as water might be something else entirely that gives similar reflections as water but is less likely to be evaporated. Perhaps something new and unknown to scientists? It seems odd to me that a planet as hot as Mercury would be able to keep any amount of water, even on the side away from the sun, whether it is being shielded by 4 inches of possibly organic material or not.
Likely if I were a trained scientist I wouldn't find the concept odd at all.
I struggle with the choice of thread titles. Should I use one that is catchy, quirky and/or delivers an emotional impact? The emotion being amusement, outrage, anger, bemusement or what have you) or just a plain, fact based title that leaves little to the imagination, but accurately reflects the intent of the thread.
It seems like the difference between the title of an episode of the original Star Trek (City on the Edge of Forever, Let that be you last battleground) or something from Star Trek: The Next Generation. (The Survivors, The Outcast, The Enemy.)
Usually, I choose to go with the title that doesn't give away the entire thread purpose from the get go. It's the writer in me, not wanting to give away the big reveal.
I aspire to be both witty and thought provoking, but I'm aware that often times I am neither and perhaps I come across more as inarticulate or as my wife would say, "A pain in the ass." (Ah, love.)
It is an ongoing inner dialogue (Or would that be monologue?) that keeps me up at nights, seeking counsel from many, only to usually succumb to my instincts.
Please forgive me, for I know I am a sinner and I beg your tolerance.
But really, water on Mercury, who knew?
Hope we're all cool.
Our moon has similar features at its poles, deep permanently shaded craters.
Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.
-- Terry Pratchett
I like quirky titles as long as it's clear from the first line what's going on, since I usually do a cursor hover before clicking.
And this news made me happy. Need to start sharpening my ice skates. And, erm, polishing my thermal suit?
ps diana and vince.
your threads are usually engaging and get lots of participation.
that's the important thing and is why members click on your threads.
the titles aren't so important as such.