Ice and Frozen Organic Materials Discovered in Shadowed Craters on Mercury

The Mercury plummets! Nasa probe reveals planet closest to the sun has ice and frozen organic materials at its north pole

By Leon Watson

(Daily Mail)—Burning hot Mercury has ice and frozen organic materials inside permanently shadowed craters in its north pole, Nasa scientists said today.

Earth-based telescopes have been compiling evidence for ice on the planet closest to the sun for 20 years, but researchers were left surprised after finding of organics.

Nasa’s MESSENGER spacecraft, the first probe to orbit Mercury, has revealed the materials are similar to tar or coal. They are believed to have been delivered millions of years ago by comets and asteroids crashing into the planet.

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