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Space Weathering on Mercury  By Jake Turner  PTYS 395
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OVERVIEW What is Space Weathering? Types of Space Weathering Effects of Space Weathering Evidence for Space Weathering on  Mercury Future Results from MESSENGER 
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What is Space Weathering? Space weathering is a  term used to describe  several different  processes that act on  a body exposed to the  space environment  What types of objects  are space  weathered? 
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Types of Space Weathering 
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Sputtering A process where  atoms are ejected  from material due to  the bombardment of  ions. Believed to be the  biggest factor to  space weathering on  Mercury 
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Cosmic and Solar Rays Nuclear effects  change the isotopes. 
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Micrometeorite Bombardment Breaking up of  particles (commune).  Contributes to the  amount of regolith Vaporization  Nanophase-Fe Agglutination  grains get fused  together. 
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This note was uploaded on 01/01/2011 for the course PTYS/ASTR 411/511 taught by Professor Shanebyrne during the Spring '08 term at Arizona.

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space_weathering - ByJakeTurner PTYS395 OVERVIEW Mercury...

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