BEPICOLOMBO LAUNCHES

Sky at Night Magazine - - BULLETIN -

ESA’s Mer­cury mis­sion, BepiColombo, suc­cess­fully launched on 20 Oc­to­ber at 01:45 UT, start­ing its seven-year jour­ney to the in­ner­most planet. The mis­sion con­sists of two space­craft – one from Europe, the other from Ja­pan – that will or­bit the planet, ob­serv­ing its ge­ol­ogy and com­po­si­tion. Re­searchers hope the mis­sion will help to an­swer the many ques­tions sur­round­ing Mer­cury, such as why it has a mag­netic field when some larger plan­ets don’t.

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