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NASA: There’s enough ice on Mercury to encase Washington, D.C.... Sounds like a Plan
11-30-2012, 09:45 PM #1
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NASA's Messenger spacecraft has discovered evidence that the planet Mercury has enough ice on its surface to encase Washington, D.C., in a block two and a half miles deep.

"For more than 20 years the jury has been deliberating on whether the planet closest to the Sun hosts abundant water ice in its permanently shadowed polar regions," writes Sean Solomon of the Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the principal investigator of the Messenger mission. The spacecraft "has now supplied a unanimous affirmative verdict."...

Seems like a good idea to deal with the "fiscal Cliff" among other things, freeze the major source of the problem, in a block two and a half miles deep. And let everyone get on. chuckle.gif
11-30-2012, 09:56 PM #2
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Hey that's pretty cool! Literally. chuckle.gif So there should really be a somewhat nice zone there in the Mercury twilight. hyper.gif

Awesome! beercheer.gif
11-30-2012, 10:03 PM #3
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In narrow bands you should have conditions ideal for life, temperate conditions with liquid water, in theory anyway.

Mercury just became a lot more interesting. Great post hi5.gif cheers.gif

Washington's inability to do anything except restrict constitutional freedoms may as well be in a cake of ice, they are certainly not there to do anybody any favors except their corporate masters that keep paying to get those do nothings elected/reelected. 15.gif

11-30-2012, 11:05 PM #4
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in space cold always wins

wonder if the first captain of a human space ship to mercury will have the name of captain morgan?

cool post

Beware of the booger eater he'snot full uhoh.gif



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