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'''Mercury''' has been suggested as one possible target for space colonization of the inner solar system, along with Mars, Venus, the Moon and the asteroid belt. Permanent colonies would almost certainly be restricted to the polar regions due to the extreme daytime temperatures elsewhere on the planet. Excursions to the other parts of the planet would be feasible with appropriate measures, particularly along the very slowly moving terminator, which would approximate polar conditions.
 
'''Mercury''' has been suggested as one possible target for space colonization of the inner solar system, along with Mars, Venus, the Moon and the asteroid belt. Permanent colonies would almost certainly be restricted to the polar regions due to the extreme daytime temperatures elsewhere on the planet. Excursions to the other parts of the planet would be feasible with appropriate measures, particularly along the very slowly moving terminator, which would approximate polar conditions.
   
It would be possible to shelter habitats deep underground or having mobile habitats that constantly follow the terminator (border between day and night). Mercury has very long days and the planet is small, so the velocities of the habitats would be realistic.[[Category:Space colonization by location]]
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It would be possible to shelter habitats deep underground or having mobile habitats that constantly follow the terminator (border between day and night). Mercury has very long days and the planet is small, so the velocities of the mobile habitats would be realistic. A large thin transparent lens can be setup over time at the sun facing lagrange point which would allow light to be concentrated at the surface and lower the amount of light over the rest of the surface to earth like light conditions. The concentration of power at the surface allows enomous amounts of power to be concentrated in a small area where solarcells could harvest the energy. The energy could be used for the setting up of a very large magnetic field to protect the surface and harvest large amounts of solar hydrogen for water production. The energy could also be used to power very large phased array lasers to move material and spacecraft's around the solar system and even for interstellar missions.[[Category:Space colonization by location]]

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Mercury photograph by NASA

Mercury has been suggested as one possible target for space colonization of the inner solar system, along with Mars, Venus, the Moon and the asteroid belt. Permanent colonies would almost certainly be restricted to the polar regions due to the extreme daytime temperatures elsewhere on the planet. Excursions to the other parts of the planet would be feasible with appropriate measures, particularly along the very slowly moving terminator, which would approximate polar conditions.

It would be possible to shelter habitats deep underground or having mobile habitats that constantly follow the terminator (border between day and night). Mercury has very long days and the planet is small, so the velocities of the mobile habitats would be realistic. A large thin transparent lens can be setup over time at the sun facing lagrange point which would allow light to be concentrated at the surface and lower the amount of light over the rest of the surface to earth like light conditions. The concentration of power at the surface allows enomous amounts of power to be concentrated in a small area where solarcells could harvest the energy. The energy could be used for the setting up of a very large magnetic field to protect the surface and harvest large amounts of solar hydrogen for water production. The energy could also be used to power very large phased array lasers to move material and spacecraft's around the solar system and even for interstellar missions.