View Full Version : “Extreme” Solar Wind Blasts Mercury’s Poles

2011-Sep-29, 06:50 PM
According to data from the The Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer (FIPS) onboard NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, the solar wind is “sandblasting” the surface of Mercury at its polar regions. Based on findings to be published in the Sept. 30th edition of Science, sodium and oxygen particles are charged in a manner similar to Earth’s own Aurora [...]

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