Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

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Instrument shows what planet Mercury is made of

Posted: July 3, 2008

Instrument shows what planet Mercury is made of

By measuring the charged particles in the planet Mercury's magnetic field, a University of Michigan sensor enabled the first observations about the surface and atmospheric composition of the closest world to the sun.
"We now know more about what Mercury's made of than ever before," said Thomas Zurbuchen, a professor in the departments of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences and Aerospace Engineering. "Holy cow, we found way more than we expected!"

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