Mercury, the smallest planet in the Solar System
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Marvel Comics Continuity
Mercury is the smallest planet of the terrestrial planets, or Homeworlds, and the only planet yet to be terraformed. It is inhabited by humans; though only to a limited degree of scientific outposts due to the Outer Space Treaty of 1967. Though Mercury served little strategic importance and was not rich in resources, it was conquered by the Neosapien Commonwealth during "Operation Destiny" of the Neosapien War in 2119 A.D. as an exclamation point on the Neosapien Order's complete dominance over the Homeworlds. A Neosapien outpost was maintained throughout the war until 2120 A.D. when Exofleet and the Pirate Clans captured Mercury for use as a base of operations to liberate Venus.
The Magic School Bus
Mercury could also be one of the solar system's planets where game players choose to land on in the PC game, The Magic School Bus Explores the Solar System.
After blasting off into outer space and circling the sun, they approach Mercury the first planet from the sun, and Janet conforms when she tells her class, they're going to be so jealous. After landing on Mercury, Ms. Frizzle, Liz and the class start doing high jumps since there's less gravity on Mercury. Janet tells Carlos and Dorothy Ann she won first place in a jumping contest and shows them her blue ribbon to prove it. She then says wait till she tells her class she won the jumping contest on Mercury too, but Carlos and Dorothy Ann tell Janet, "But you know what they're gonna say? Prove it!". Janet gets shocked and wonders how she will prove she was on Mercury. Meanwhile, Ralphie sees big holes in the ground on and thinks they're big footprints made by aliens that live on Mercury, but Keesha tells him that nothing could live on Mercury because it's too hot and dry during the day, and Dorothy Ann adds way bellow freezing at night, and Ms. Frizzle adds at both day and night there's no air with makes it impossible to breath. Ralphie though presumes sometime made the big holes, but Janet then tells Ralphie they were made by meteorites. Carlos then jokes saying, "If the ones that hit the planet are called meteorites, what do you call the ones that miss? Meteor wrongs.", causing all the kids to laugh. Meanwhile, Janet jumps into a creator and digs into the ground and picks up a meteorite to take back with her to show to her class to proves she was on Mercury, causing Arnold to say, "Oh, Janet."
The Magic School Bus Explores the Solar System
Mercury could be one of the planets of the solar system that the players could click on to fly to and land on. On Mercury, the player controls Wanda on that planet while searching for the Ms. Frizzle token, which will give the player a clue of which planet or moon she's on. Wanda also does her report on Mercury.
Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, orbiting it every 88 Earth days and a single day on Mercury lasts exactly two Mercury years, or about 176 Earth days. The planet is named after the Roman god Mercury, the messenger to the gods. Mercury is smaller than the largest Moons in the Solar System, Ganymede and Titan. Mercury’s surface is very similar in appearance to that of the Moon, showing extensive mare-like plains and heavy cratering, indicating that it has been geologically inactive for billions of years. There are two geologically distinct plains regions on Mercury. Gently rolling, hilly plains in the regions between craters are Mercury's oldest visible surfaces, predating the heavily cratered terrain.
In Roman mythology, Mercury, also known as Hermes in the Greek pantheon, was primarily known as a fleet-footed messenger. He was also a god of commerce and invention, and escorted the souls of the departed to Hades. He was the son of Maia and Jupiter. According to legend, Mercury was the one to invent the lyre, such as the one used by Sailor Mercury to perform Mercury Aqua Rhapsody.
Mercury is usually associated with the mind and the inward self; it can symbolize intellect, memory, perception, or travel. Mercury is associated with Wednesday. Dante Alighieri associated Mercury with the art of dialectic.
- In the Japanese calendar, Wednesday is called "suiyoubi" (水曜日), meaning "the day of water."
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