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#1 photonovore

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 10:49 AM

Makes me wonder if lunar TLPs are just another reality just waiting for a good photocatch...

http://messenger.jhu...allery_id=2&...

I know that the hypothesized mechanisms for this happening on Mercury don't necessarily translate to the Moon but still...interesting how reality evolves with time...as Mercury was once thought (very recently & post Messenger too) to be currently geologically as dead as the Moon.

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 02:18 PM

I wonder also if the form of the plume supports an impactor scenario? The article didn't indicate a duration for either the event or the period of observation...

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 03:48 PM

...but the article does mention April Fools' Day he he he

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 04:18 PM

grrr! got suckered again! haha

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 07:21 PM

So its officially a hoax?


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Posted 01 April 2013 - 07:34 PM

Dunno if it is or not now...i knew what day it was but i didn't think the JPL folx would engage in that sort of silliness. :shrug;

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 08:46 PM

Well look at it this way - they found ice recently - so its still got surprises.
If they call that humor though -

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 11:20 PM

Read the third sentence from the bottom of the article.


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 09:12 AM

I see that now. Mea culpa. *But*-- the whole last paragraph and the "PS" were added later in the day. I read the original version right through and the sole ref to april fools was simply the date of the article at the top. Honestly...i'm beginning to think it is a good policy (for humorless me at least) to just disregard _anything_ published on that date in the future.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 10:29 AM

The Messenger team has done this since it's been in orbit:

Encounter with the Ancient Mariner


Mooning Mercury

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 11:50 PM

They're well done -- you gotta give 'em that. You had to read the last one very closely in order to catch on.


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