Published the first photos from the mission on mercury

Christopher Davidson
October 24, 2018

The BepiColombo mission, only the third ever to visit Mercury, blasted off from Europe's spaceport in French Guiana aboard an Ariane 5 rocket at 10:45 p.m. local time on October 19 (9:45 p.m. EDT), according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

The launch was performed rocket-the Ariane 5, reports Interfax. The aim of the joint project of the European space Agency Esa and the Japanese space Agency, Jaxa, is to dig deeper into the secrets of the mercury to penetrate than ever before.

The BepiColombo spacecraft will have to follow an elliptical path that involves a fly-by of Earth, two of Venus and six of Mercury itself so it can slow down before arriving at its destination in December 2025.

In the Network published the first picture taken BepiColombo spacecraft sent to mercury.

"This very complex mission is the result of a truly inspiring global cooperation among 83 companies from 16 European countries and Japan", highlighted Airbus Defence and Space head of space systems Nicolas Chamussy.

According to ESA, signals from the BepiColombo were received at ESA's control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, confirming that launch was successful. Photo is the first taken during the mission, and represents self.

The $1.5 billion mission was approved in November 2009, is the last mission of ESA's Horizon 2000+ program to be launched.

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Mercury, which is only slightly larger than Earth's moon, has a massive iron core about which little is known. Due to its proximity to Sun, it has extreme temperatures.

Scientists hope to build on the insights gained by NASA's Messenger probe, which shut down in 2015 after a four-year studying Mercury.

JAXA President Hiroshi Yamakawa said his agency has high expectations that the forthcoming detailed observations of Mercury will help scientists better understand the environment of the planet.

BepiColombo, named after 20th-century Italian mathematician and Engineer Giuseppe (Bepi) Colombo, will slingshot off the Earth's gravitational field one-and-a-half years after launch before picking up speed on its journey.

Multilayer electromagnetic shields created by the Material Sciences R&D Center of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB) are part of the Japanese spacecraft Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter, which is on the way to Mercury now, BelTA has learned.

The BepiColombo spacecraft must travel for seven years to reach Mercury. JAXA's Hayabusa2 probe dropped a German-French rover on the asteroid Ryugu earlier this month.

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