I am on the fast track!
Mercury…is on the fast track! Mercury is the smallest and also the fastest planet in the Solar System.
I am the closest planet to the Sun and am named after the messenger to the Roman Gods, whose speed was enhanced by his winged sandals. (Personally, I prefer winged sneakers!) I am the fastest planet in the Solar System, flying around the Sun in a mere 88 days. I race through space at 30 miles per second, outpacing the Earth, who clocks in at just 19 miles a second. Although I am the smallest planet in the Solar System, my large iron core makes me the second heaviest, only slightly lighter than Earth.
Although I am the closest planet to the Sun, I am actually not the hottest . . .that honor belongs to Venus with her heat-trapping atmosphere. I'm very hot on the side that faces the Sun, but the other side is always more than 200 degrees below zero!
My appearance is similar to the Earth’s Moon, for I am heavily cratered, lack an atmosphere and have no natural satellites.
- Height of toy seated is approximately 5 inches
- All New Materials
- Content: Polyester Fiber
- Conforms to all EU and US Consumer Product Safety Commission Toy Regulations
- Hand Made in China
- Appropriate for children 3 years of age and up
- Care. Spot clean with mild detergent and cold water, but toy may be machine washed in cold water, gentle cycle, if needed. Best to dry at low or no heat in a pillow case or similar to reduce risk of scratching "eyes."