Ever since it was discovered, in evolutionary terms; electromagnetic dynamo, it has become a great interest in the creationist community, because the evidence of a liquid core would mean a young Mercury not an old one…
“The prevailing notion is that a planet as small as Mercury would have cooled off and solidified a long time ago,” said Jean-Luc Margot, the Cornell University planetary scientist who led the new study” National Geographic
There has been all kinds of explanations none of which holds up, this is what started the great curiosity for the exploration of Mercury. So NASA built and then sent Messenger to the planet to find answers.
It has now completed it’s second pass, and here’s the quick low down on what Messenger did…
“Scientists got their first view of spectacular images snapped by the Wide Angle Camera (WAC), part of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) instrument, including one taken about 90 minutes after MESSENGER’s closest approach to Mercury, when the spacecraft was at a distance of about 27,000 kilometers (about 17,000 miles). Science Daily
The bright crater just south of the center of the image is Kuiper, identified on images from the Mariner 10 mission in the 1970s. For most of the terrain east of Kuiper, toward the edge of the planet, the departing images are the first spacecraft views of that portion of Mercury’s surface.
A striking characteristic of this newly imaged area is the large pattern of rays that extend from the northern region of Mercury to regions south of Kuiper.”
Messager was able to capture 30 percent of the planet previously unseen by the human eye. This is pretty exciting news, and no scientists haven’t explained away the planet’s electromagnetic effect. Although there was a strength difference from the previous encounter with Mariner 10. The electromagnetic field was weaker. Nobody has attempted to explain as of yet that I know of, the reason for the weaker field. But the field still exists which is contrary to the evolutionary hypothesis.
Anyway, the spacecraft capture 1200 high resolution pictures in it’s second pass, I’m looking forward in seeing the results of these pictures which are currently been looked at by scientists. I will follow the story as events warranted it.