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  1. “Terrestrial” Worlds of Our Solar System

  2. Mercury Rotates 3 times for every 2 Revolutions (Orbits) . . .  A3:2 Gravitational “Resonance” • 1 Mercury “Solar Day” (176 Earth Days)= 2 Mercury Years! (88 Earth Days)

  3. Mercury’s Caloris Basin… More Effects of Impact!

  4. Venus! Welcome to…

  5. Using infrared "windows" in Venus' atmosphere, the Venus Express spacecraft can see through the planet's thick cloud cover to study the land surface.

  6. “Sif Mons” (Volcanoes of Venus) “Gula Mons”

  7. From: The Story of the Solar Systemby Mark A. Garlick

  8. Soviet Venera 9 (1975) Venera14 (1982) (True Color Image)

  9. Barringer (Meteor) Crater (near Flagstaff, Arizona)

  10. Manicouagen Reservoir • (the “eye of Quebec”) • 60-mile wide Impact Crater • from a 3-mile-wide Asteroid, • hitting Earth more than • 200 Million Years ago!

  11. Mars! Welcome to…

  12. “Olympus Mons” (and friends)

  13. A Surface Map of Mars(…with positions of our Visiting Rovers!)

  14. Methane On Mars? NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds No Sign Of Key Compound

  15. Free-Flowing Wateron Mars… In the Past?