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Thread: What are the equivalents to sea level on Mars, Venus and Mercury?

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    What are the equivalents to sea level on Mars, Venus and Mercury?

    I've been looking but I keep finding contradictory answers.
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    I don't know about the others, but the zero datum for Mars has certainly evolved. It was originally set to the height with a mean atmospheric pressure of 6.1 mbars during the Mariner missions. But MOLA has since since moved away from that very labile standard to use an equipotential surface derived from gravity data, with a mean equatorial radius of 3,396,000 metres.

    Grant Hutchison

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    So both MESSENGER at Mercury and Magellan at Venus seem to have used a reference radius for topographic mapping. The MESSENGER global topo map was referenced to 2439400m radius;Magellan to 6051000m. But these are essentially free choices for convenience--the real reference point is the centre of the planet, so I wouldn't be surprised if different mappers made different choices.

    Grant Hutchison

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