Mercury. Credit: NASA

Mercury’s crust likely made of magnesium-rich basalt

January 29, 2013

With both x-ray and gamma-ray spectrometers, the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging probe (MESSENGER), which entered orbit around Mercury in 2011, is well equipped for carrying out a detailed compositional analysis of Mercury’s crust, the understanding of which could help determine the nature of the planet’s formation, and of its volcanic past.

Read more: Mercury's crust likely made of magnesium-rich basalt — phys.org.

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