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Life on Mercury? It's possible, study suggests


Even though it currently has temperatures approaching 800 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and nearly -300 degrees at night, a new study suggests there is a small chance that the planet Mercury could have supported life.

The research, published in the journal Scientific Reports, notes the planet’s surface is not caused by the result of quakes, but rather “volatiles,” which can switch elemental states rather quickly.

“For nearly half a century, it was considered that these terrains formed due to catastrophic quakes and ejecta fallout produced by the antipodal Caloris basin impact,” researchers wrote in the study’s abstract.

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