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BepiColombo launcher

BepiColombo launcher

Date: 03 October 2018
Satellite: BepiColombo
Depicts: Ariane 5 launcher arriving at the final assembly building
Location: Kourou, French Guiana
Copyright: ESA–H. Ritter

This is the launcher that will transport BepiColombo to orbit. The upper part with the spacecraft and the fairing will be integrated in the final assembly building.

The image captures the arrival of the Ariane 5 launcher at the final assembly building after its transfer from the launcher integration building at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou.

BepiColombo is a joint endeavour between ESA and JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. It is the first European mission to Mercury, the smallest and least explored planet in the inner Solar System, and the first to send two spacecraft to make complementary measurements of the planet's dynamic environment at the same time.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
30-Sep-2023 06:23 UT

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