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Can they analyse the gases in the atmosphere with IR spectrometry? That shouldn't be that hard to do.
Mercury doesn't have an atmosphere. The strong solar radiation that close to the sun knocked Mercury's atmosphere away.
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Mercury doesn't have an atmosphere. The strong solar radiation that close to the sun knocked Mercury's atmosphere away.
I thought they all had some gas floating around the surface. Wikipedia even has an article on it's atmosphere; it has less than 1 nanopascale of pressure, which is 1x10^14% less than earth's atmospheric pressure. lol
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Can they analyse the gases in the atmosphere with IR spectrometry? That shouldn't be that hard to do.

What could this method find?
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What could this method find?
It could find what gases are present, based upon their IR absorption. I'm not sure how well that would actually work from space, though; it would probably require a very powerful LASER.
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It could find what gases are present, based upon their IR absorption. I'm not sure how well that would actually work from space, though; it would probably require a very powerful LASER.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/messenger/main/f_closeup.html

Seems that was done years ago. Whether they found anything, I don't know.

Interesting stuff.
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Yea mercury has most definitely been shut out from the possibility of life. Barring things I've heard about cockroaches surviving a bout with a microwave. Still, not knocking. From our perspective chlorophyll and protein are the only things that make us stand out from everything else we know of.
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I like to relax on a hot day with an ice-cold glass of building blocks of life.
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Wouldn't it be to hot to hold water, or does the atmosphere not trap heat in the same way as earth? I was still under the opinion that it was very hot on Mercury. Atmospheric pressure would also effect waters boiling point. thinking.gif

Alright a quick google search does seem to suggest drastic temp changes being either hot or cold. ...Haha I know proof I didn't actually read the article tongue.gif
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I bet the organic matter consists of the remains of giant space ants.
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