NASA: Water On Mercury

Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Admiral Buzzkill, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Admiral Buzzkill

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    Ice, of all things.


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  2. Sandoval

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    Fuck going there to get it when I can get the stuff straight out of a tap in my kitchen.
     
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    So Hell can freeze over, after all
     
  4. gturner

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    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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