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Astronomer Finds That Mercury Has Molten Core
May 3, 2007
Newly released data from 21 delicately timed observations at three telescopes taken over five years yields the strongest evidence, to date, that Mercury has a molten core. The news was reported by Jean-Luc Margot, assistant professor of astronomy at Cornell University, in the journal Science.
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