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Grab Your Space Nalgenes: Water Ice Discovered on Mercury

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By HVculture on November 29, 2012


NASA announced today that it has discovered large concentrations of water ice in impact craters at Mercury’s north and south poles.


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Areas in red may contain ice. (Why would you pick red, NASA? Maybe not so clever after all.) NASA also explained the unexplainable:

Given its proximity to the sun, Mercury would seem to be an unlikely place to find ice. However, the tilt of Mercury’s rotational axis is less than 1 degree, and as a result, there are pockets at the planet’s poles that never see sunlight.

In other NASA news, THIS.

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