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Mercury

(inner-most and smallest planet in the solar system)

Mercury is the nearest Solar System planet to the Sun and the smallest. Characteristics:

It has no moons. It is a Rocky Planet with virtually no Atmosphere, but has a Magnetic Field that was unexpected. It was thought to be Tidally Locked to rotate once per orbit, but in fact rotates 1.5 times per orbit.

Two NASA spacecraft have visited: Mariner 10 flew by and MESSENGER orbited it for over 10 years. A new ESA/JAXA mission, BepiColombo will be launched in 2018 to reach Mercury in 2025.


(planet,solar system)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury_(planet)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MESSENGER
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BepiColombo
RedshiftParsecs
/Distance
Lightyears
/Lookback Years
  
~00.6AU~0lynearestMercury
~01.6AU~0lyfurthestMercury

Referenced by:
BepiColombo
Equilibrium Condensation Model
Equilibrium Temperature (Teq)
Exosphere
Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB)
Magnetic Field
Magnitude
Moon
Obliquity
Rocky Planet
Titius-Bode Law
Venus

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