More on Mercury’s Mysteries

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More on Mercury’s Mysteries

Unread postby davesmith_au » Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:20 pm

08/03/05 ~ Wallace Thornhill

“[Those] who have an excessive faith in their theories or in their ideas are not only poorly disposed to make discoveries, but they also make very poor observations.”
—Claude Bernard (1813-78) French physiologist, 1865.

MESSENGER flew 200 kilometres above Mercury's surface on 14 January at a speed of 6 kilometres per second relative to the planet. It is the first spacecraft to visit Mercury since NASA's Mariner 10 flew by the planet three times in 1974 and 1975. Mariner 10 was only able to photograph 45% of Mercury's surface. MESSENGER took more than 1213 images during its flyby, covering about half of the previously unseen portion of the planet. On January 30th the first impressions of the science team were presented. As usual, more mysteries were generated than were solved. This will continue while astronomers and geologists “have an excessive faith” in their imaginary story about the birth and evolution of the planets... [more...]
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