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Mercury

Information about the planet Mercury
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Tiffany McGill

on 14 May 2011

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Transcript of Mercury

Mercury The planet closest to the sun Mercury means: In Roman mythology, Mercury was the Roman verion of the Greek god Hermes. He was the messanger for the other gods. In addition to delivering messages, he was also the protector of travelers and merchants. If you moved to Mercury, you wouldn't weigh as much as you do on Earth. Not because you would loose weight on the spaceship, but because Mercury is smaller than earth and has less gravity. For example, if you weighed 70 pounds on earth, you would weigh only about 27 pounds on Mercury! Mercury's Days and years Mercury's days last 58 earth days! That's nearly 2 months! While Mercury's days are very long, it's revolution around the sun is rather fast. Mercury can complete one orbit around the sun in 88 earth days!! That's why Mercury's name is so appropriate. In mythology, Mercury was a speedy messanger; just like the planet's revolution around the sun. Fast facts Moons: 0
Mass: 5% of Earth
Volume: 5% of Earth
Maximum temperature recorded: 870 degrees fahrenheit
Minimum temperature recorded: -300 degrees fahrenheit The End Now that pluto is no longer consitered a planet, Mercury is the smallest planet in our solar system. Mercury has a rocky suface and an iron core. The iron core in Mercury is very large like Earth and Mars. This makes Mercury's mass very high compared to it's size. Does Mercury have an atmosphere? Mercury has an extremely thin atmosphere which is made up of atoms blasted off its surface by the solar wind, a constant stream of particles coming from the outer layer of the sun. Because Mercury is so hot, these atoms quickly escape into space. Unlike the stable atmospheres of Earth and Venus, Mercury's atmosphere is constantly being replenished. Mercury is much smaller than Earth. It's actually alot closer to the size of the Earth's moon. How does Mercury compare to Earth? Questions and Answers How much you would weigh on Mercury Overall: Mercury This is a picture of the amazing planet, Mercury Caloris Basin The Caloris Basin is a giant crater on Mercury. It is about 800 miles wide! Scientists belive that a giant asteroid smashed into Mercury.







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Th Caloris Basin is larger than the state of Texas!! Mercury Size rank (1= largest) : 8
Make up: rock
Revolution around the sun (Earth days): 88 Chart for Mercury
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