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BC: Photos From NASA By Esmeralda Leon

FC: All About Mercury!

1: "Where am I?" says the astronaut. "I thought I was going to the moon? I didn't know the moon was the closest planet to the sun. Oh no! I'm in Mercury! Aaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!" Imagine you were that astronaut. What would you do?

2: Mercury is the smallest planet even though it is 3,032 miles wide! It is also gray and has a lot craters just like the Earth's Moon up in space. | Do you know what Mercury was named after? Mercury was named after the Speedy Roman God who had wings on his shoes. Also if you traveled to Mercury you would be there in 88 days and do you know the most interesting thing about Mercury? Mercury's largest crater is called the Caloris Basin. It's bigger than the state of Texas!

3: Only 2 space probes were sent to Mercury. My favorite is Mariner 10. | Mariner 10 is my favorite because it was the first space probe that launched to Mercury. Also because Mariner 10 was the first to take pictures of Mercury. | Mariner 10 took at least 10,000 pictures! Another interesting fact is that Mariner 10 was able to make one whole trip around the Sun and encounter Mercury.

4: No one knows what happened to Mariner 10 if it was destroyed by the sun or not, but Messenger is still up in space trying to take pictures. Mariner 10 launched to Mercury on November 13, 1973 and Messenger launched to Mercury on August 3, 2004.

5: The Space Craft is Hoping Messenger would find more discoveries about Mercury. | Mercury's core still needs more information so one of Messenger's goals is to discover unknown thimgs about it.

6: Scientists still have a lot to find out about Mercury. Thanks to Mariner 10 and Messenger for finding a lot of facts about Mercury. You can look up some space websites and find amazingly new information about Mercury. I tried it, why don't you?

7: Works Cited 1. Dunn, Mary R. A Look at Mercury. New York, NY: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc. 2008 2. Goss, Tim. Mercury. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press, 2008 3. Landau, Elaine. Mercury. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc, 2008 4. NASA Site. January 16, 2008. Messenger Mission to Mercury. January 17, 2008. {http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Mercury} 5. Rau, Dana, Meachen. Mercury. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Compass Point Books, 2002 6. Richardson, Adele. Mercury. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press, 2008 7. Spangeenburg, Ray + Moser, Kit. A Look at Mercury. Scholastic Inc: Franklin Watts, 2003 8. Simon, Seymour. Our Solar System. New York, NY: Harper Collins, 1992

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