Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Admiral Buzzkill, Nov 29, 2012.
Ice, of all things.
Fuck going there to get it when I can get the stuff straight out of a tap in my kitchen.
So Hell can freeze over, after all
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.
NASA is late again. Wikipedia was there first eleven years ago.
The notion that Mercury has water ice in craters at the poles isn't new, no - it's even a bit older than eleven years. The evidence provided by MESSENGER data is new and shiny, though.
MESSENGER Planetary Conference Multimedia Page
Water ice and organics at Mercury's poles
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