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Copy of Our ImPREZIve Solar System

A template for my 6th grade students to use as they report on the solar system.

Cole Hunter

on 31 October 2012

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Transcript of Copy of Our ImPREZIve Solar System

The God of commerce MERCURY Neptune Mercury is the closest planet to the sun. It is the smallest planet in our solar system with a diameter of 4,879.4 km at its equator. It is just a bit bigger than our moon. Mercury has no moons.

Mercury is a rocky planet with a large core made up of a high amount of iron and contains more iron than any other planet.

Mercury orbits the sun in 88 days, it has an egg shaped orbit which is more oval than any other planet. Mercury has the least amount of tilt than the other planets.

Mercury has a thin atmosphere its temperature can go from 800 degrees Fahrenheit in the day to -290 degrees Fahrenheit in the night.

Its is believed that ice is present in the bottom of craters that are shaded from the sun all the time. Planet Facts More Interesting Facts Distance in Space Computers give us the ability to do complex math, organize large amounts of data, and analyze information collected or received from space. Computers are used on earth and in space to control telescopes, antennas, satellites, and space probes. They are used to predict the motion of celestial bodies. Without computers we could not have answered the many questions we have had about our solar system. Computers Telescopes are used observe planets , moons, other stars, and galaxies. They were used to first observe Mercury's rotation.

Radar is used to measure distances, movement of celestial bodies, and the composition of celestial bodies. Radar was used to confirm Mercury's rotation and detected possible presence of ice in deep craters.

Lasers are used to measure distances and determine the composition of celestial bodies.

Rockets are used to transport satellites, probes, and sometimes people. Rockets were used to launch Mariner 10 and MESSENGER space probes which orbited Mercury.

Satellites can be used to observe and transmit information across earth or from space to earth. Technology As our technology grows we keep answering questions about our solar system. As we find these answers, we create more questions that we have to develop or improve our technology to answer them.

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Bibliography Mercury is 35,983,610 miles from the sun.

Distances are measured in space by using math and science. Comparing objects by scale, and using radar sent from Earth. Planet
Symbol We have sent two space probes to Mercury, Mariner 10, and Messenger which is mapping the planet in color.

Mariner 10 - 1973 to 1975, first close up pictures and mapped 45% of the planet.

MESSENGER - (MErcury Surface Space ENvironment GEochemistry, and Ranging) 2004 to present. This probe is in orbit around Mercury and has mapped over 80% of the planet

Mercury can be observed by our eyes, telescope, radar, and space probes.
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