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BepiColombo sunshield at the Spaceport

BepiColombo sunshield at the Spaceport

Date: 19 June 2018
Satellite: BepiColombo
Depicts: MOSIF
Location: Kourou, French Guiana
Copyright: ESA - S. Corvaja

The Magnetospheric Orbiter Sunshield and Interface Structure (MOSIF) that will protect the Japanese Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) of the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission en route to Mercury, pictured here during launch preparations at Europe's Spaceport. In the background, to the right, stands the European Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO).

BepiColombo is Europe's first mission to Mercury, due to launch this year on a journey to the smallest and least explored terrestrial planet in the inner Solar System. When it arrives at Mercury in late 2025, it will endure temperatures in excess of 350 °C.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
7-Jul-2022 04:43 UT

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