BepiColombo - A Multidisciplinary Mission to the Hot Planet
Publication date: 02 July 2000
Authors: Grard, R., Novara, M. & Scoon, G.
Journal: ESA Bulletin
As the inner end-member of the planetary system, Mercury plays an important role in constraining and testing dynamical and compositional theories of planetary formation. The exploration of Mercury is of fundamental importance for answering questions of astrophysical and philosophical significance, such as: 'Are terrestrial bodies a common feature of most planetary systems in the Galaxy?'.Link to publication