Mar 17 2015

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First global geochemical maps of Mercury

New Mercury surface composition maps illuminate the planet’s history.

“The crust we see on Mercury was largely formed more than three billion years ago,” says Carnegie’s Larry Nittler, Deputy Principal Investigator of the mission and co-author of both studies.

“The remarkable chemical variability revealed by MESSENGER observations will provide critical constraints on future efforts to model and understand Mercury’s bulk composition and the ancient geological processes that shaped the planet’s mantle and crust.”

Congrats to the MESSENGER team!

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