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Question 3: What is the nature of Mercury's magnetic field? Mercury has a global internal magnetic field, as does Earth, but Mars and Venus do not. By characterizing Mercury's magnetic field, MESSENGER will help answer the question of why the inner planets differ in their magnetic histories.
Originally posted by Chadwickus
reply to post by heineken
But Elenin doesn't even come near Mercury.
And how would it effect Mercury's or Earth's magnetic field?
I think you've just confused the situation even more with this thread...
Originally posted by Phage
No. It is not related.
The Messenger mission was conceived in 1998 and selected in 1999. Comet Elenin was discovered last year.
messenger.jhuapl.edu...edit on 3/18/2011 by Phage because: (no reason given)