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Are Ancient Remains Of Mercury Hiding On Earth? Here's Why Scientists Think So

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Are shards of planet Mercury hiding on Earth? Scientists think that Mercury, the closest planet to our Sun was once a much larger cosmic body, until it collided with another space object and got ripped of its mantle. What remains of it now is the core, and scientists think Mercury was at least twice its current size long ago.

While this theory doesn't have concrete evidence, scientists from the University of Lorraine in France think that pieces of Mercury's former body may be tucked away in Earth's museums and meteorite collections. By studying them, researchers want to resolve Mercury's turbulent history. The idea was presented at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in March, The New York Times reported.


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