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The science behind Moho! [yes this crap is back]

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Hello internet stalkers with little to no social life!

I am here to announce that this project is alive again!

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Today we are going to discuss Moho! 

Not so many of us have ever been to Moho, probably because it is quite difficult to get there.

But we are not going to talk about its future or present.

Today we are talking about its past!  So I am going to put in a few folders!

Running-out atmosphere 

Spoiler

In the previous versions Moho had super-hot atmosphere, and back then, it was a real hell to land on it.

That means Moho still has a super-thin atmosphere, although it is so small, we can barely notice it. 

Moho's atmosphere is consists of:

SO2

H

He

(both brought by solar activity)

O

O2

(by melting silicates)

Orbit

Spoiler

It is quite simple!

Heavy impacts changed the orbit drastically, although there is a second theory that think of a Moho as Eve's moon in the past (Read "The science behind Eve)

But that is an old and unproven theory.

Surface features 

Spoiler

Surface of Moho is never a plain, it is always a crater or a mountain range.

Its interesting feature is a few very, very large craters near the equator!

Other one is a large amount of mountains near the poles!

But how are those connected?

Pretty simple! 

Probably, some time ago Moho was struck by 2 large objects at once.

Powerful shockwaves that came from both sides struck each other and formed a mountain range!

Also, Moho has sever evidences of vulcanism! Meaning it had thicc atmosphere made of SO and SO2.

 

 
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Edited by cratercracker

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Moho is not that dense though, compared to all the other bodies in the Kerbol System its quite normal. (Of course, all the bodies in KSP are alot more dense than in IRL but thats another story)

The normal density suggests it is mostly made out of silicates, with a Kerbium core.

Vulcanic activity might also be the reason why some of the big craters are darker, with that spot being more lava-like. Vulcanism seems very likely with a planet that has a surface that became brittle after 2 big impacts.

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Though it doesn't exist in-game, I like to think that Moho would have ice at the poles, where the crater walls shield it from exposure to sunlight. Perhaps the ice might've been delivered by comets.

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Nah, ice couldn`t exist on moho, it brobably has an atmo, which is why even on its night side (i think) your ships overheat, it transfers heat around througn the atmosphere

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6 hours ago, RoadRunnerAerospace said:

Nah, ice couldn`t exist on moho, it brobably has an atmo, which is why even on its night side (i think) your ships overheat, it transfers heat around througn the atmosphere

I think in the polar craters there is some ice.

Probably brought by comets and asteroid impacts.

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Moho is based on Mercury, and Mercury has ice in the permanent shadows of its polar craters. I'm inclined to agree that Moho would be likely to have ice as well, in a more realistic version of the game where ice is present.

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Yep, I really wish they added that to planets. I would also like weather on Eve, Kerbin, and Duna; and clouds, better surface textures for all...

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