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What is it with this product-release style of releasing information with NASA these days? Just wait til you have something to announce.. then announce it. Don't announce a future announcement.
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...I don't think they've had water samples from anywhere but earth, have they? I'm pretty sure scientists are just making that assumption at this point, and will know for certain when they get a sample (Curiosity, maybe?).

You're right but I think it would be relatively safe to assume there is some kind of microbial life elsewhere. I can't be sure of that, of course, but the essentials are there.



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...I don't think they've had water samples from anywhere but earth, have they? I'm pretty sure scientists are just making that assumption at this point, and will know for certain when they get a sample (Curiosity, maybe?).

Samples? no...I don't think we even have sample from the water found on the moon yet. They should have said, "Every where we find water we find life...on Earth"

I was really hoping that we'd put a little rocket on the Mars rover that could hopefully bring a sample back...but yeah...that is a little much to ask for yet. I think it could be done, but it would have a high risk of failure.
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You'd think that just the energy blasting the part of the planet that is in the sun light would heat the rest of the surface via conduction. I mean, I know the night time temp is really cold, but I never really expected any part of the ground to ever be cold enough to form ice...heck, even to be cool enough to land a rover on.

Dirt is a pretty damn good insulator, and the day on Mercury isn't all that long (60 days).

Also, probes have functioned on Venus for useful lengths of time, and Venus has a much harsher environment than Mercury. Depending on landing site and precautions taken, a rover on Mercury might be viable.

There is little atmosphere so you'd think the only way the planet would cool down would be radiation...so even with the two month long days on Mercury I'd think the surface would still be fairly warm yet when the sun started to shine on it.[/quote]

The only way any planet cools down is radiation. An atmosphere always slows radiative cooling, because no atmosphere is perfectly transparent to infrared.

Nights on Mercury gets down to -200C. Night is also just as long as day. So the planet is cooling for exactly as long as it's heating up. With no atmosphere to retain heat, temps below a certain shallow depth are probably quite mild.
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I was really hoping that we'd put a little rocket on the Mars rover that could hopefully bring a sample back...but yeah...that is a little much to ask for yet. I think it could be done, but it would have a high risk of failure.

No rocket of that mass could return a useful payload to Earth. This is why the probes/rovers have instruments.
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Yes and for the record this is a big deal because water is the foundation of life and anywhere water has been life has been found with it. In this case we would likely be talking very simple life like bacteria perhaps but it is still life. That said I was expecting something bigger as well.

No one is expecting to find life on Mercury, even with water there. It's a heavily irradiated, near-vacuum that has been geologically dead for billions of year, and is missing many components of life as we know it.

Water is still significant.
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I was just on www.Nasa.gov and there is an update about the curiosity findings .

Quote from the site "NASA will provide a Curiosity update on Monday,
Dec. 3 at noon EST, at the American Geophysical Union. Rumors of major new findings at this early stage are incorrect.

The news conference will discuss Curiosity's use of instruments to investigate a drift of sandy soil. Audio and visuals from the briefing will be available via UStream."
    
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I was just on www.Nasa.gov and there is an update about the curiosity findings .
Quote from the site "NASA will provide a Curiosity update on Monday,
Dec. 3 at noon EST, at the American Geophysical Union. Rumors of major new findings at this early stage are incorrect.
The news conference will discuss Curiosity's use of instruments to investigate a drift of sandy soil. Audio and visuals from the briefing will be available via UStream."

So it's another announcement of an announcement? Sigh.
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