Chapter Mercury

Planetary Data for Mercury 59 Basic Astronomical Data 59 Observational Challenges 60 Orbital and Rotational Effects 61 Mercury in Tests of Relativity 62 Mariner 10 and Messenger 63

The Atmosphere 63

The Magnetic Field and Magnetosphere 65 Character of the Surface 66

Caloris Basin and Surrounding Region 68 Plains 68 Scarps 70

Surface Composition 72 Mercury's Formation 73 Later Development 74

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