It’s an exciting time if you love whole planets that look like the surface of our moon!
Check out the official NASA Messenger website here.
Oh no! Something educational!
But seriously, it looks like Mercury is NOT going to have much of interest–must be too close to the sun. What a bummer.
It's an exciting time for the spouses of space nerds, who get to respond with a surly "So?" 3 times more often than the mean during the week in which a spacecraft is inserted into orbit around Mercury!
Also, I read this Sci-fi novel from the 50's (when it was still believed that Mercury was tidally locked with the sun) in which a thin habitable zone existed between the sunny side and the dark side.
It was inhabited by 10" tall beings that were human except for the fact that they were 10" tall and had 10 fingers on each hand.
They were really good at fixing spaceships.
Mercury surveys will reveal much about the inner solar system formation. A real world closer, and with more resources and abundant energy to make use of them.
"…whole planets that look like the surface of our moon!" Well, it's only 40% larger than our moon, actually.
Sure, but their respective surfaces look pretty similar, right?
i want "I'm being irradiated by all kinds of science!" as a tshirt.
Nice. I also agree that "I'm being irradiated by all kinds of science" would make quite a cool t-shirt.
NASA doing real science–who'd a thunk it?
In surface area, Mercury is only slightly larger than our Moon. But it is a good bit denser, full of metals, so it's surface gravity is nearly as strong as that of Mars.
Also, while both planets are bone-dry and cratered, that's all they have in common. The Moon has vast mountain ranges and broad plains (called "mares"), whereas Mercury's surface is almost entirely volcanic plain decorated by mostly lava-filled craters. In other words, it's different enough if you're paying close attention.
Mercury might be of economic interest some day due to all the heavy metals it contains.
And, … that other guy.
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