Bon Voy­age BepiColombo

All About Space - - Launch Pad -

The col­lab­o­ra­tive mis­sion be­tween ESA and the Ja­pan Aerospace Ex­plo­ration Agency (JAXA) to travel to Mer­cury, BepiColombo, has re­cently be­gun its jour­ney from Europe’s Space­port in Kourou, French Guiana.

At the tip of the Ari­ane 5 rocket was the space­craft (in­set), now on its way to one of the least-stud­ied plan­ets in the So­lar Sys­tem to take on the dan­ger­ous ter­rain close to the Sun. Reach­ing Mer­cury will take the best part of five years after fly­bys of Earth, Venus and Mer­cury be­fore it can en­ter or­bit.

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