Ice Deposits at the Poles of the Moon and Mercury

Sunday, July 16, 2017
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm, Geology Building - Room 3656

Meteorite Gallery Lecture Series

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Free and open to the public.


Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences
(310) 825-2015


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Speaker: Prof. David Paige

Surficial ice evaporates relatively quickly if exposed to sunlight in the inner solar system. However, some parts of craters near the poles of Mercury and the Earth’s Moon are in permanent shadow. If a water molecule lands in such a spot it is expected to stay there until it evaporates due to heat from a micrometeorite or a photon from a star other than the Sun.

New spacecraft data support the interpretation that there is ice in these shadowed regions.

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