Video Reveals How Ice Could Exist on Mercury - PICTURES

Dec. 3, 2012, 1:26 p.m.

The last place you would ex­cept wa­ter, much less ice, to ex­ist is on the sur­face of Mer­cury. But as NASA an­nounced last week, there’s abund­ant evid­ence that wa­ter ice ex­ists on the plan­et nearest to the sun, based on data from the Mes­sen­ger space­craft, which is or­bit­ing the plan­et.

The ice can re­main frozen be­cause there are por­tions of the plan­et that nev­er see the light of day, par­tic­u­larly some areas deep with­in craters, as seen in the NASA video above.

“Parts of Prokofiev crater (cen­ter) and Kand­in­sky crater (up­per left side of Prokofiev) stay in dark­ness, mak­ing it pos­sible for ice to per­sist on the sur­face,” ac­cord­ing to the NASA web­site.

Be­low are some pho­tos taken of Mer­cury by Mes­sen­ger.