Ice on Mercury
Now that is cool!
NASA's backronymic MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) orbiter has detected ice in polar craters on Mercury, and has confirmed the finding with multiple methods. What looked like ice on the poles of Mercury was detected in 1991 by the Arecibo radio telescope, and NASA said this March that …
Now that is cool!
But what the hell do we do with it?
'That's enough ice to bury Washington DC in a layer two miles thick'
Gets my vote.
If it looks like a duck ...
"If it looks like a duck ..."
...it just might be a platypus on its hind legs wondering what the fuss is about.
Holds out a lot of hope for the Lunar poles, doesn't it?
well, it is no good on Mercury. Can they get it TO Washington DC?
Is this a new unit measurement? I don't care about Washington DC - how thick would it cover Wales?
back-of-the-envelope calculations say about 30 feet.
The only planet in our solar system where a photovoltaic array would produce an impressive output.
I wonder if it would be enough to power an air conditioner.
Oh, that's right, no air...
Well, water + volts = hydrogen + oxygen, so voila, problem solved.
I think it would simply melt the photovoltaic array!
"We know of no other compound that matches the ... neuron readings"
And without warning Mercury is revealed as a giant space brain.
Are 'neuron readings' part of a test for intelligent life?
So we won't have to import everything for a good G&T once the colonization begins!!
Look a bit closer at the centre of the crater Prokoviev. Does that look like someone's face?
Yes, and he's saying "No, stay back, they're still looking..."
'"We know of no other compound that matches the radar data, neuron readings, thermal signature, and reflectivity of the substance other than ice." In the careful language NASA always uses...'
Are you sure?
There is no way in Hell that Mercury is made of wee....
hmm, we know of no other compound SO FAR discovered
our little ball of rock and irin isnt the be-all and end-all of the universe so far as molecular bonding goes.
I can imagine a planet where they "dust and vaccuum" to get rid of the gold and diamond dust that blows in their houses when the door opens complaining of the pesky stuff clogging their PC vents.