BepiColombo, ESA, Mercury
The BepiColombo mission to Mercury sits on the launch pad at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, ahead of its scheduled liftoff. ESA/S. Corvaja

BepiColombo Launches on a Mission to Planet Mercury

The joint space mission is set to closely investigate the diminutive, sun-scorched planet, establishing an orbit around it sometime in 2025.

ESA's Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO, bottom) and JAXA's Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO, top) being arranged in their launch configuration at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou. ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique vidéo du CSG/J. Odang
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