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BepiColombo heading towards Mercury
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- Title BepiColombo heading towards Mercury
- Released 17/01/2008 9:21 am
- Copyright ESA - AOES Medialab
After launch in 2014, the BepiColombo composite spacecraft will start its six-year interplanetary journey to Mercury.
A mission to the inner Solar System is extremely challenging from the technical point of view: not only will the spacecraft have to survive and operate in the very hot environment around a planet so close to the Sun, but it will also require a large amount of energy to brake against the Sun’s gravity and enter into orbit around Mercury.