Category: Mercury

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Mercury May Be Meteor Like

Geologists at MIT have traced part of Mercury’s cooling history and based on their findings have determined that the planet likely has the composition of a meteorite. Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Geology in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Timothy Grove says this new information on Mercury’s past is of interest for tracing Earth’s early formation. The team utilized data collected by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, (The MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging probe) which orbited Mercury between 2011 and 2015, and collected measurements of the planet’s chemical composition with each flyby. “It’s true of all planets that...