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Old November 29 2012, 09:32 PM   #4
Location: Kentucky
Re: NASA: Water On Mercury

Very interesting. Except for the high delta-V requirement, I think Mercury is a better destination than Mars, since it receives about 20 times the sunlight intensity that Mars does. With ice at the poles a viable processing facility would be relatively easy since a horizontal solar collector extended above the lip of a crater would receive the full intensity of Mercury sunlight, and due to the lack of axial tilt the collector would only have to pivot around a vertical axis.
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