Mercury By: Mariah Dorn
<ul><li>Mercury is the planet closest to the sun, at a distance of 0.4 AU (Astronomical Unit) from the sun. </li></ul><ul>...
<ul><li>Mercury’s interior has three main parts: a core, mantle, and crust. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Mercury’s core consists of two elements: iron and nickel. </li></ul><ul><li>Mercury is the most iron-rich planet i...
<ul><li>Mercury’s mantle consists of silicates, but it only measures 300-425 miles thick. </li></ul>Mantle Core
<ul><li>Mercury’s crust measures between 62-186 miles thick. Unlike the Earth’s crust, Mercury’s crust doesn’t have tecton...
<ul><li>Mercury’s size and surface are similar to that of our moon. </li></ul><ul><li>The surface of Mercury is full of cr...
<ul><li>Mercury has very little atmosphere, but the atmosphere that it has is made of oxygen, sodium, and helium. </li></u...
<ul><li>Scientists think that Mercury may have ice caps at its north and south poles. They think that the ice exist deep i...
Mercury takes only 88 Earth days to complete one orbit, but it rotates slowly on its own axis, only once every 59 days.  T...
<ul><li>Mercury is the planet closest to the sun, at a distance of  0.4 AU (Astronomical Unit) from the sun. </li></ul><ul...
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Mercury

  1. 1. Mercury By: Mariah Dorn
  2. 2. <ul><li>Mercury is the planet closest to the sun, at a distance of 0.4 AU (Astronomical Unit) from the sun. </li></ul><ul><li>Mercury orbits the sun in about 88 days. </li></ul><ul><li>Mercury doesn’t have any natural satellites. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Mercury’s interior has three main parts: a core, mantle, and crust. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Mercury’s core consists of two elements: iron and nickel. </li></ul><ul><li>Mercury is the most iron-rich planet in the Solar System. </li></ul><ul><li>Mercury’s core extends for approximately seven-tenths of Mercury’s radius. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Mercury’s mantle consists of silicates, but it only measures 300-425 miles thick. </li></ul>Mantle Core
  6. 6. <ul><li>Mercury’s crust measures between 62-186 miles thick. Unlike the Earth’s crust, Mercury’s crust doesn’t have tectonics or wind or water erosion. Without these processes, even impact craters billions of years old are preserved on Mercury’s surface. </li></ul>Core Mantle Crust
  7. 7. <ul><li>Mercury’s size and surface are similar to that of our moon. </li></ul><ul><li>The surface of Mercury is full of craters, and as we learned before, the craters may have been on Mercury’s surface for billions of years. </li></ul><ul><li>A flyby by the name of MESSENGER came by Mercury; it found out that Mercury also had plains. The plains on Mercury run between the craters in the uplands. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Mercury has very little atmosphere, but the atmosphere that it has is made of oxygen, sodium, and helium. </li></ul><ul><li>The mean temperature is 820 °F on the surface. </li></ul><ul><li>Mercury has so little atmosphere, that it can be 800°F on one side of the planet, and -300°F on the other side. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Scientists think that Mercury may have ice caps at its north and south poles. They think that the ice exist deep inside craters. The floors of these craters constantly stay in shadows, so the Sun doesn’t melt the ice. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Mercury takes only 88 Earth days to complete one orbit, but it rotates slowly on its own axis, only once every 59 days. This means that it rotates precisely three times for every two orbits.
  11. 11. <ul><li>Mercury is the planet closest to the sun, at a distance of 0.4 AU (Astronomical Unit) from the sun. </li></ul><ul><li>Mercury orbits the sun in about 88 days. </li></ul><ul><li>Mercury doesn’t have any natural satellites. </li></ul><ul><li>Mercury’s interior has three parts: a core, mantle, and crust. </li></ul><ul><li>Mercury’s core consists of two elements: iron and nickel. </li></ul><ul><li>Mercury’s mantle is 300-425 miles thick. </li></ul><ul><li>Mercury’s crust is between 62-186 miles thick. </li></ul><ul><li>Mercury’s surface is full of many craters. </li></ul><ul><li>Mercury’s atmosphere is made of oxygen, sodium, and helium. </li></ul><ul><li>Mercury rotates precisely three times for every two orbits. </li></ul>

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