Mercury, is the first planet counting from the Sun, as such, the hottest, right? Wrong, and it looks like it’s rather icy. Although this is the first planet from the sun, it is not at all the hotter, this place belongs to Venus, but what we did not know was that the amount of ice on the first planet was so big.
According to a new study presented by scientists at Brown University, analyzing the data from the NASA Messenger probe that orbited the planet between 2011 and 2015, and due to the analysis by the map of elevations and depressions of the planet, it was possible to detect the areas of the planet.
After being calibrated, it was able to detect readings, which reveal the existence of three large craters with large ice deposits, and the combined crater area, is about 3400 square kilometers. In addition four other ice deposits were detected, each with about 5 kilometers in diameter.
Until this study, although it was considered on the basis of a study elaborated in 1990 that there was ice in Mercury, it was thought that it was only located in some craters of the planet, but this new information confirmed that there are small deposits of ice also in other areas of the planet.
The importance of this discovery is the influence it will have on the search for water and ice on the rest of the planets in our solar system, which until now relied mostly on crater analysis, but which, as has now been proven, was not the most correct method.
It is even possible that our natural satellite, the Moon, may also contain natural ice deposits similar to those now found, which may also double the amount of ice present on our Moon.
Of course, the question remains about how the first planet managed to get such a quantity of ice being so close to the sun, so more study will still be needed on the planet.