Mercury!

By: Akshara Ganesh

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The Planet Mercury

General info:

  • darkish/lightish-gray
  • No atmosphere
  • not hottest planet
  • 2nd densest planet
  • named after the Roman version of the Greek god, Hermes.(the Messenger God)
  • no moons.

Facts

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Orbit and Position

  • Aphelion
  • Perihelion
  • innermost and smallest planet
  • oval orbit
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Mercury's day, year and surface temperature HD

Surface

  • Craters
  • Lobate scarps
  • Surface temperature
Mercury (Spectacular Surface)

Layers

  • 5 layers
  • made of heavy metals (mainly iron)
  • mantle, and crust is 300-400 miles thick
  • core is 42% of it's volume
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Spacecrafts

  • 2 spacecrafts
  • Mariner 10 (1974-1975, 3 times), and Messenger probe (2004, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station)

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MESSENGER Mission to Mercury

Fun Facts

  • molten core
  • discovery date and person unknown (Galileo-telescope)
  • first record was in 14th century BC
  • no air
  • dry surface
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Bibliography

Info:

  • Sheridan, Kerry. "Mercury, the Smallest Planet, Is Getting Even Smaller, Scientists Say."National Geographic. National Geographic Society, 16 Mar. 2014. Web. 27 Mar. 2014.

  • "Mercury Facts." Space Facts RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2014.

  • "Astronomy For Kids - KidsAstronomy.com." Astronomy For Kids - KidsAstronomy.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2014.

  • "Discovery of Planet Mercury." Universe Today RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2014.

  • "The Inner Planets: Mercury at Aphelion – In-The-Sky.org." The Inner Planets: Mercury at Aphelion – In-The-Sky.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2014.

Videos:

  • "The Planet Mercury." YouTube. YouTube, 27 May 2009. Web. 28 Mar. 2014.

  • "Mercury's Day, Year and Surface Temperature HD." YouTube. YouTube, 04 Mar. 2014. Web. 29 Mar. 2014.

  • "Mercury (Spectacular Surface)." YouTube. YouTube, 16 Oct. 2013. Web. 29 Mar. 2014.

  • "MESSENGER Mission to Mercury." YouTube. YouTube, 06 Jan. 2014. Web. 29 Mar. 2014.