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Science Opportunities offered by Mercury’s Ice-Bearing Polar Deposits

Whitepaper #069 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: habitability and water; Mercury and/or the Moon

Published onMar 18, 2021
Science Opportunities offered by Mercury’s Ice-Bearing Polar Deposits

The presence of meters-thick polar deposits, with the coincident presence of water ice and organic-rich frozen volatiles, exposed directly on the surface of Mercury provides unique science opportunities that should be prioritized in the next decade of planetary exploration.


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