NASA Sending a MESSENGER to Mercury

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mrmorris

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I'll be <b>very</b> interested to see if MESSENGER can confirm the presence of ice at the poles of Mercury.
 
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marslauncher

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That would be very cool, We are soon to have a probe at all of the planets in the near solar system,<br /><br />Messenger = Mecury (Edit from Mars ... Hides in Embarassment)<br />Venus Express = Venus<br />Earth = everything up there including ISS<br />Moon = Lunar Recon Orbiter<br />Mars = Odyssey, Mars Express, Mars Global Surveyor (soon MRO)<br />Jupiter = JIMO (as Galilleo was sacrificed)<br />Saturn = Cassini<br /><br />
 
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najab

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I'm sure you meant MESSENGER=Me<b>r</b>cury <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /> (I'm no better, I mispelled Mercury!)
 
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Leovinus

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<blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr /><p>I'll be very interested to see if MESSENGER can confirm the presence of ice at the poles of Mercury.<p><hr /></p></p></blockquote><br /><br />I'd be interested to see if there is Mercury on Mercury. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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blacknebula

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Considering the transit time of this space craft, it would make my day 5 years from now if it succeeded. Discovery class missions always make me nervous, though they usually do well.<br /><br />The current launch date is August 2nd, and MESSENGER has till August 13 to get off the ground.
 
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lunatic133

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You mean the messenger god Mercury hanging out on the planet, upset at passing robots because they interfere with his interplanetary post office?<br /><br />That's what would probably would happen, if this were a disney movie.
 
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kmarinas86

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<b>Z4</b> ? Zenon's Mecury Bash, and Protozoa clones himself to make a New Friend.
 
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thalion

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If you mean elemental mercury, Leo, not a chance. At Mercury's dayside temperatures it would probably evaporate in minutes, and get heated to the point of escape from the planet. Still, there are sci-fi possibilities...imagine a quicksilver planet. <img src="/images/icons/wink.gif" />
 
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