Solar System: Mercury
Learn about the first planet from the sun – Mercury. Find out about its orbit and rotation period. Read about its size, geological composition, atmosphere and magnitude. Learn about Marine 10 mission to the planet and view photos sent by the spacecraft. These web sites contain images and animations, quizzes, coloring pages and worksheets. Also included are eThemes Resources on Rotation, Revolution, and the Universe.
This extensive site provides facts, additional links, Messenger information, and interactive activities about Mercury.
Make a Mission
This interactive activity introduces students to the Messenger Mission to Mercury.
Proposal Guidelines for Mercury Mission Instruments
Use this writing activity with students to create a proposal of what type of instruments will be necessary on the Mission to Mercury.
This site introduces students to the planet Mercury and provides information for them to understand the planet's composition, geology, and other important aspects. Hand-outs, additional extension links, and discussion questions are given.
National Geographic: Mercury
Use this brief video to learn more about the closest planet to the sun, Mercury.
StarChild: The Planet Mercury
Find out why the planet was named after Roman winged messenger god. Select "Show me the Level 2 version of this page" link to learn more about Mercury.
Read quick facts about Mercury, its name, surface and atmosphere.
BBC: Space: Mercury
Get ready to go on journey to Mercury! Read about the planet and view the movie to be prepared for the trip. Follow the link to find out where to find Mercury in the sky this month.
Welcome to the Planets: Mercury
View photos of Mercury's surface and listen to the narration.
Messenger Spacecraft Model Instructions
Build a model of a spacecraft which mission is to go to Mercury. Use model parts provided on this page. This link downloads a four-page PDF document.
eThemes Resource: Solar System: Rotation and Revolution
These sites demonstrate rotation, revolution, and the orbit of planets and moons in our solar system. Includes information about day/night cycles, rotational periods, constellations, moon phases, and telling time. Includes links to eThemes Resources on Earth's Moon and Planets.
eThemes Resource: Space: Universe
These sites have information about the universe, the Milky Way, and other galaxies. Learn about the different types of galaxies. View photographs taken from space, listen to audio files of experts, and play interactive games.
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