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This Announcement of Opportunity solicits the participation of the scientific community as Interdisciplinary Scientists or Guest Investigators in the BepiColombo mission, to augment the scientific return of the mission as a whole. The deadline for Letters of Intent is 13 June 2019, and the deadline for proposals is 15 July 2019.
Published: 13 May 2019
Following a series of tests conducted in space over the past five months, the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission has successfully completed its near-Earth commissioning phase and is now ready for the operations that will take place during the cruise and, eventually, for its scientific investigations at Mercury.
Published: 5 April 2019
The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury blasted off on an Ariane 5 from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou at 01:45:28 GMT on 20 October on its exciting mission to study the mysteries of the Solar System's innermost planet.
Published: 20 October 2018
The BepiColombo mission to Mercury is scheduled to launch aboard an Ariane 5 from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 01:45 GMT (03:45 CEST) on 20 October 2018. Representatives of traditional and social media are invited to apply for accreditation to follow the launch live from ESA's mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.
Published: 8 October 2018
The two science orbiters of the joint ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission are connected in their launch configuration and the European science orbiter and transport module have been given the go-ahead to be loaded with propellants.
Published: 31 August 2018
Europe's first mission to Mercury will target the early morning of 19 October for launch, Arianespace and ESA announced today.
Published: 26 July 2018
The spacecraft of the BepiColombo mission to Mercury have arrived safely at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, marking the start of six months of preparation to ready the craft for launch.
Published: 11 May 2018
Europe's first mission to Mercury will soon be ready for shipping to the spaceport to begin final preparations for launch.
Published: 9 March 2018
ESA's Mercury spacecraft has passed its final test in launch configuration, the last time it will be stacked like this before being reassembled at the launch site next year.
Published: 6 July 2017
Media representatives are invited to a briefing on BepiColombo, ESA and JAXA's joint mission to Mercury, and to view the spacecraft before it leaves for Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, for launch next year.
Published: 14 June 2017
An ambitious, multi-spacecraft mission to explore the planet Mercury in unprecedented detail is now scheduled for lift-off from Europe's spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana, in October 2018.
Published: 25 November 2016
The launch of BepiColombo, an ESA mission to explore the planet Mercury in collaboration with the Japanese space agency, JAXA, is now planned to take place during a one month long window starting on 27 January 2017.
Published: 30 March 2015
BepiColombo, an ESA mission to the planet Mercury in collaboration with the Japanese space agency, JAXA, and previously targeted for launch in July 2014, is now planned for launch in a window opening in August 2015.
Published: 28 February 2012
Reaching one of the most mysterious planets in our Solar System takes enormous power and finesse. ESA has now firmly entrusted its precious Mercury explorer to Europe's largest rocket - the Ariane 5.
Published: 15 September 2011
Key components of the ESA-led Mercury mapper BepiColombo have been tested in ESA's specially upgraded Large Space Simulator, which is now the only facility capable of reproducing Mercury's hellish environment for a full-scale spacecraft.
Published: 18 January 2011
The BepiColombo Industrial Space Day took place on 6 March at ESTEC, with more than 150 guests attending. The objective of the event was to inform the European industry about the different subcontractor procurement opportunities for the mission's implementation.
Published: 12 March 2007
The BepiColombo mission, comprising two orbiters to explore the planet Mercury, has received final approval from the Science Programme Committee to enter its implementation phase
Published: 26 February 2007

Following approval from various committees the selected payload for the Mercury Planetary Orbiter has entered the final stages of the definition phase.

Published: 18 November 2004
The European Space Agency (ESA) solicits proposals of scientific investigations for the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) of the BepiColombo mission. This Request for Proposal (RFP) is open to scientists from the Member States of ESA, Japan and other communities with which reciprocity or specific agreements exist.
Published: 27 February 2004
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