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By the Icy Craters of Hermes

2012-11-29 22:20:31.568821+00 by petronius 2 comments

NASA has found water ice on molten Mercury, as well as organic molecules. If the main ingredients of life can be found in the Dantean environment like that, surely we will find them in abundance in more hospitable places, like some of the exoplanets we are daily discovering. The issue may not be whether or not life exists off-Earth, but rather how much exists.

Carl Sagan would have been so happy.

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-12-02 18:13:07.113975+00 by: petronius

I recommend Kim Stanly's 2312, where the main city of Mercury rolls along a track set up around the entire planet, always keeping just inside the dark zone.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-11-29 23:02:44.472095+00 by: Dan Lyke

So is this where we make noises about sending Elon Musk to live in domed cities half-way down these crater walls?