posted on Jan, 18 2008 @ 01:54 AM
Let's enjoy these splendid pictures in peace and quiet for a few days, there's so much going on in the political boards that this hasn't really
grabbed anybody's attention. The old Mariner photos cover less than half of Mercury and at a worse resolution so this is the most excited new image
I've seen since Cassini.
Mercury has a thin atmosphere, that's one of the things MESSENGER plans to test in 2011 when it finally gets to visit the planet up close, now that
would be interesting to me, figuring out what kind of atmosphere could stand up to days that last a year and not be boiled off into outer space sounds
like a good mystery to try to solve. Mercury is very dense, the main theory is that lighter elements get blasted away by the planet's proximity to
the sun, the extreme cold, the extreme heat.
There are also strange reflections in the craters on the north and south poles and the possibility of something frozen up there and down there at the
[edit on 18-1-2008 by Brock Gel]