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Let's Learn About Mercury!

The closest planet to the Sun is naturally very hot. It’s also small and rocky, with loads of craters.

Mercury in Colour?

The colours shown here are not what Mercury looks like to our eyes. The picture has been coloured to show different chemicals and minerals on the surface.

The Messenger probe took many pictures of Mercury before crashing into the planet in 2015. This crash was part of the mission plan!

Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

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Iguda’s Mercury Fact File

*FUN FACT* – Mercury is the smallest planet in the solar system, less than half the diameter of Earth.

Position from the sun

1st planet

Diameter

4,880 km

Distance from EARTH

58,000,000 km

Day length

59 days

Year Length

88 days

Number of moons

0

Surface temperature

-173 to +427 °C

Surface gravity

3.7 m/s²

Atmosphere

None

Apollodorus, the Crater!

This crater, called Apollodorus, is near the centre of the Caloris basin. There’s a big ancient temple in Rome called the Pantheon. Apollodorus was probably the Pantheon’s architect.

The craters on Mercury are all named after artists (including architects!) writers, and musicians.

Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT …

YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT …

YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT …

YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT …

Mercury's craters are all named after artists, writers and musicians!

Tanno and Iguda visited craters named after Dr Seuss (writer), Van Gogh (artist), Mark Twain (writer) and Hokusai (artist). On their postcard from Mercury, you can see a picture from each of these artists.

You can find out all about the crater’s on Mercury on this Wikipedia page.

Your Task

Research five of the craters on Mercury and produce a poster or website which explains the achievements of the people they are named after. In your poster/website do include images as well as text about the five people whose craters you research. You could also make it really fun by choosing craters which start with the same letters as each of the letters in your name!

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Great to see you again, thank you for the visit! See you next time …

Tanno & Iguda

Your Journey So Far …

Tanno and Iguda have explored these places up to now. You can go back and visit again by clicking below.

The Moon

Venus

Mercury