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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 …

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Joke

Ice on Mercury

Now that is cool!

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Re: Ice on Mercury

Cool yes....

But what the hell do we do with it?

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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.

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Boffin

We know of no other compound ...

If it looks like a duck ...

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Re: We know of no other compound ...

"If it looks like a duck ..."

...it just might be a platypus on its hind legs wondering what the fuss is about.

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Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink!

Holds out a lot of hope for the Lunar poles, doesn't it?

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enough ice to bury Washington DC in a layer two miles thick...

well, it is no good on Mercury. Can they get it TO Washington DC?

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Re: enough ice to bury Washington DC in a layer two miles thick...

Is this a new unit measurement? I don't care about Washington DC - how thick would it cover Wales?

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Re: enough ice to bury Washington DC in a layer two miles thick...

back-of-the-envelope calculations say about 30 feet.

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Power

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...

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Re: No air

Well, water + volts = hydrogen + oxygen, so voila, problem solved.

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Re: Power

I think it would simply melt the photovoltaic array!

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What aren't they telling us?

"We know of no other compound that matches the ... neuron readings"

And without warning Mercury is revealed as a giant space brain.

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Re: What aren't they telling us?

Are 'neuron readings' part of a test for intelligent life?

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Ice on Mercury??

So we won't have to import everything for a good G&T once the colonization begins!!

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Hey?

Look a bit closer at the centre of the crater Prokoviev. Does that look like someone's face?

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Re: Hey?

Face Invaders!

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Re: Hey?

Yes, and he's saying "No, stay back, they're still looking..."

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Careful language?

'"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?

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Get your facts straight, El Reg!

There is no way in Hell that Mercury is made of wee....

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"We know of no other compound that matches "

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.

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