BepiColombo: first flyby – a mission to mercury
Launched in October 2018, the spacecraft is on a seven year journey to the innermost planet in our Solar System. The first flyby will see the Earth act as a brake. This is to decelerate the spacecraft and fine tune its orbit towards the next scheduled flyby past Venus in October 2020.
BepiColombo is a joint mission between ESA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA. The spacecraft is scheduled to arrive in orbit around Mercury in December 2025.
Are you a space fan? Do you follow the missions of the European Space Agency?
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