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Submission + - New NASA Findings Suggest Mercury Has Ice And Organic Deposits (

casac8 writes: "Mercury is home to ice and carbon-based organic materials, according to surprising new findings announced Thursday afternoon by NASA, the United States space agency.
NASA announced that deep inside craters at Mercury's poles where temperatures drop as low as negative 370 degrees, there seem to be large deposits of ice, including one large enough to encase all of Washington, D.C.
In addition to the ice found on Mercury, the findings suggest that carbon-based organic matter also exists on the small planet. Carbon is one of the building blocks of life on Earth, and such a finding is intriguing, though the lack of an atmosphere on Mercury renders the possibility of life being found there as unlikely."

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New NASA Findings Suggest Mercury Has Ice And Organic Deposits

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