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FACTS ABOUT MERCURY

MERCURY

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1.  FEELING A LITTLE WARM
     Though Mercury is the closest
     planet to the Sun it is not the
     hotttest planet in our solar system.
​     Mercury's neighbor Venus is hotter
     due to its  atmosphere giving the
     planet a greenhouse effect.

2. NOT TAKING UP SPACE
     Mercury is the smallest planet in
     our solar system and is only slightly
     larger than the Earth's moon.

3.​ AINT THAT THE PITS
     Mercury is noted as being the most
​     cratered planet in the solar system.
     Because Mercury doesn't really
     have an atmosphere there is no
     protection against comets, meteors,
     asteroidds.

4. WERE MISSING THINGS
    AROUND HERE
     Not only does Mercury not have
     any rings around it, but it is also 
     lacking in a common neighbor.
     Mercury doesn't have any moons.

5. IS THIS AN ATMOSPHERE
     Though Mercury may appear to
     have an atmosphere, it does not,  or
     at  least a real one.  This is how it
     works. Atoms/gasses  get  blasted off
     the surface of the  planet  due to
     strong solar winds  and  meteor
     impacts. Because of the  extreme
     heat the atoms go out into  space
     quickly and freely creating  a type of
     exosphere.

6. NO CHANCE FOR LIFE
     Because of the strong radiation and
     extreme temperatures there is no
     probability of life as we know it.

7. WHO DISCOVERED ME
     Nobody really knows who
     discovered Mercury. It seems to a
     toss up between the babylonians
     and the summerians. Estimations
     on when the planet was first noted
     would be around 1000 to 3000 B.C.

8. TWO MISSIONS
     Only two missions have ever taken
     place to study Mercury. The first
     being the Mariner 10 which did fly-
     by's in 1974 and 75. The second
     mission involving the MESSENGER
     spacecraft did 3 fly-by's in 2008
     before entering into an orbit with
     Mercury in 2011. With MESSENGERS
     enhanced imagery it has been
     suggested that Mercury may have
     water and ice in it's polar regions
     that are under permanent shadow.


A sky, black and dense. Not a shimmer to be seen, but yet a star fills my vision. A great calm over the scape covered in a remanence of turmoil. So, hot it is and long its day.
    

Venus = Hottest Planet 464º C

Mercury on average 173º C

Iron and Nickel liquid core

Boiling Water
100º C

MERCURY

Earth = Moderate Planet
15º C

Iron rich silicates

Uranus = Coldest Planet
-224º C​

Iron poor silicates