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Preparing BepiColombo for launch

Preparing BepiColombo for launch


Date: 11 August 2018
Satellite: BepiColombo
Depicts: MMO, MPO and MTM
Location: Kourou, French Guiana
Copyright: ESA - M. Pedoussaut

The BepiColombo modules are being prepared for launch at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou.

The mission comprises two science orbiters – ESA's Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and JAXA's Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) – and the Mercury Transfer Module (MTM). The transfer module will use solar electric propulsion to take the two science orbiters to Mercury, together with gravity assist flybys at Earth, Venus and Mercury itself.

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.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
28-Sep-2021 10:35 UT

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