Come Celebrate the 2016 Transit of Mercury… on Mercury!
It only happens about 13 times a century, so don't miss out.
This is as close as it gets folks… only 48 million miles, just a week out in hyperdrive, even shorter if your rig is sporting the latest Warp Factor technology. Spaceship pooling is encouraged.
Enjoy dining under a full Earth! This is a pot-luck, so bring extra rations to share. I'm making Mercury Meatballs, natch. Bring plenty of beverages as you'll work up a powerful thirst this close to the Sun.
We'll be meeting up in the "Goldilocks Zone" but come prepared with personal thermoregulators just in case. Temps range from 427 C on the sunny side, to -173 C in the shade, colder than a Uranian well-digger's behind.
I'm bringing the group's massive UV/Cosmic Ray Shield set-up, but be sure to pack plenty of ultramax-sunscreen for excursions beyond the crater. Our location at Praxiteles will allow for exploration of the unmapped area at your own risk!
Gravity is just a tad over 1/3 of Earth's, about the same as Mars. Getting around by jetpack or rover will be a breeze. Sporting events will include the Plutonian Potato-sack race, Callisto Caber Toss, Martian Mound Hopping, Saturnian Solar-wind Sailing and of course the grueling Mercury Marathon. I expect new records will be set!
Video: Spinning Mercury
Like its messenger namesake, this planet zips along at a furious clip, so take extra care with your landing algorithms. Ending up in the sun will void the warranty on your shields and generally ruin your day!
Please steer well clear of NASA's MESSENGER (an acronym of MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) spacecraft, currently in low orbit. We wish to preserve our low-profile policy.