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« Topic Start: January 14, 2008, 11:24:13 pm »

 For the first time in 33 years, a space probe zoomed by the planet Mercury with cameras blazing on Monday while eager scientists looked on from Earth.

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/080114-messenger-flyby-wrap.html
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« Reply #1: January 14, 2008, 11:26:43 pm »


The Enduring Mysteries of Mercury

Mercury is the smallest, densest and least explored planet around the sun. More than half of it is virtually unknown.
Insights into this mysterious world of extremes could shed light on how planets were made in our solar system, astronomers say.

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« Reply #2: January 14, 2008, 11:37:39 pm »


I was reading a related article questioning why Mercury seems to have a molten core when I got to thinking ....

It has been suggested that tidal flexing from Jupiter's gravity keeps Titans oceans in a liquid state, and that the gravity of our own moon helps keep the earth's core molten.

If we assume this two statements to be accurate, would it not be reasonable to postulate that the sun's gravity (not to mention magnetic activity) would have the same effect of Mercury's core?
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« Reply #3: January 15, 2008, 08:37:45 am »

For the first time in 33 years, a space probe zoomed by the planet Mercury with cameras blazing on Monday while eager scientists looked on from Earth.

I can't wait to see all those pictures.
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« Reply #4: January 15, 2008, 08:39:29 am »

If we assume this two statements to be accurate, would it not be reasonable to postulate that the sun's gravity (not to mention magnetic activity) would have the same effect of Mercury's core?

That would be my first guess too, but planetology isn't an area I have even a layman's "expertise" in.
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