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BepiColombo spacecraft in orbit around Mercury

18 January 2011

BepiColombo consists of two spacecraft that will orbit Mercury. The JAXA-led Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) follows a higher-apocentre orbit and investigates the planet's magnetic field (depicted in blue in this animation). The ESA-led Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) traces a lower-apocentre orbit and is designed to study the planet itself.

Last Update: 03 August 2017

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