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BepiColombo insulation blanket

BepiColombo insulation blanket

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

The hand-sewn thermal blanket on ESA's Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO), one of the two science spacecraft of the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission, at Europe's Spaceport during launch preparations.

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
6-Jul-2022 03:30 UT

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