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BepiColombo at Earth

Date: 12 March 2018
Satellite: BepiColombo
Copyright: ESA/ATG medialab

Artist's impression of the BepiColombo spacecraft in cruise configuration, flying past Earth. The Mercury Transfer Module is shown with two ion thrusters firing, and with its solar wings extended. The 7.5 m-long solar array of the Mercury Planetary Orbiter in the middle is seen extending to the bottom, with the magnetometer boom protruding to the right, and the antenna deployed to the left. The Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter is hidden inside the sunshield towards the background in this orientation.

BepiColombo is a joint endeavour between ESA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA. 


Last Update: 09 March 2018

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