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Mercury Transfer Module separation

Mercury Transfer Module separation

Date: 11 March 2018
Satellite: BepiColombo
Copyright: ESA/ATG medialab

Artist's impression showing the Mercury Transfer Module separate from the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) composite spacecraft. The transfer module is needed only for the journey to Mercury. The two science orbiters will be captured into Mercury orbit, and the small thrusters on MPO will deliver MMO into its orbit. There, MMO will be ejected from MPO and spun up. MPO will then discard the sunshield, and continue into its own orbit around Mercury.

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

Last Update: 1 September 2019
15-Jun-2024 08:35 UT

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