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Orbiting Mercury—Learn As Much As You Can About All Subjects

For the first time ever, a space probe is orbiting the planet Mercury.

The name of the probe is Messenger. Messenger is sending data and pictures back to Earth about conditions on Mercury.

If Messenger is sending messages to beings on Mercury,  I’m sorry to the great degree that this blog post is missing the real story.

Here is the NASA home page for Messenger.

Here is how the BBC reported Messenger reaching  Mercury’s orbit.

(Above—Messenger orbiting Mercury as seen by an artist.)

I’m glad I live in a time where we’ve been able to learn about the planets in our solar system.

Even more amazing, we’ve been learning about planets outside our solar system. I never thought that would be possible in my lifetime.

If intelligent aliens exist on these distant planets, I implore them to stay away.

They will bring terrible diseases. They will enslave us. They will steal our oceans.

What is it like on Mercury?

Mercury is a terrible place.

At least it is in the context of human existence.

I imagine that in the full scheme of existence, Mercury is just like it needs to be.

From National Geographic

“Temperatures on Mercury’s surface can reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit (430 degrees Celsius). Because the planet has no atmosphere to retain that heat, nighttime temperatures on the surface can drop to -280 degrees Fahrenheit (-170 degrees Celsius).”

Below is a picture of Mercury sent from Messenger.

A book about the solar system I enjoy is called The Grand Tour–A Traveler’s Guide To The Solar System by Ron Miller and William Hartmann.

Grand Tour has many pictures, drawings and facts about all aspects of our solar system.  The book is currently in a third edition.

Here is the National Geographic page on the Solar System.

Some people say government should only pertain to the most minimal functions.

Yet it is only government that could fund missions to understand distant space.

There are no minerals on Mercury that we will be mining from private profit. There are no advertising jingles that Messenger will be sending from Mercury.

There is so much to learn about existence. There is so much context to understand as we consider our views about the world.

Every person has the ability to learn about any subject.

Take the time it requires to learn about our world.

The more we learn, the better we will understand all that is taking place.

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As Planet Mercury Is More Interesting Than We Knew, Maybe The Same Holds True For People In Our Lives

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A NASA probe says the planet Mercury is more lively than people imagine.

It’s more than just a dusty black and white place. That’s been the image of Mercury over the years. Now we know that there is blue stuff (Above) on Mercury and that it was once a volcanic hotbed—

“Astronomers used to dismiss Mercury, the planet closest to the sun, as mere “dead rock,” little more than a target for cosmic collisions that shaped it, said MIT planetary scientist Maria Zuber. “Now, it’s looking a lot more interesting,” said Zuber, who has experiments on the Messenger probe. “It’s an awful lot of volcanic material.” New images of filled-in craters — one the size of the Baltimore-Washington area and filled in with more than a mile deep of cooled lava — show that 3.8 to 4 billion years ago, Mercury was more of a volcanic hotspot than the moon ever was, Zuber said. But it isn’t just filled-in craters. Using special cameras, the probe showed what one scientist called “the mysterious dark blue material.” It was all over the planet. That led Arizona State University geologist Mark Robinson to speculate that the mineral is important but still unknown stuff ejected from Mercury’s large core in the volcanic eruptions.”

Maybe as we learn that Mercury is more than we imagined, there are people in our lives that we need to reconsider. People may have previously unknown talents or insights that we have simply missed over the years.

Think about somebody you know and give them a new look. 

Here is the web home of the Messenger mission to Mercury. 

Here is information about Mercury.

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