On October 2, in the early hours of the morning, BepiColombo will finally pass over the little-known and coveted star of the European-Japanese Expedition. But although it is only a few hours away from its reunion with Mercury, the space probe will have to continue its boring journey until 2025.
Since its launch on October 20, 2018, the orbital vehicles assembled aboard BepiColombo have already completed several vehicles (flew by) planets, benefiting from ( And ) in order to reach the only planet in Free . As soon as the probe arrives near , she still has to realize To slow its trajectory sufficiently, until it is captured by the force of gravity. Resembling a missed date, this brief is essential to success in orbiting the Sun’s immediate neighbor and ultimately publishing the toolkit intended for careful study of the smallest. .
BepiColombo invites hot planetary scientists for a planned interview with Mercury
night 1He is until October 2, 2021, around 1:34 a.m. in France (, about 200 kilometers from its crater-ridden surface, in order to patiently begin its slowdown. During Four hours later, BepiColombo will take advantage of the proximity to capture images and perform preliminary analyzes of the planet. The data collected will provide a preliminary scientific overview of what will happen when the main mission begins in December 2025.+2, summer time), the probe will touch
After seven years of travel and nine flights… all aspects of Mercury will be examined
So far, only two space probes have been designed to observe Mercury: . BepiColombo is the first non-US Mercurial mission designed to map and analyze the composition of the planet’s surface. The latest technology has been mobilized from its core to its magnetic and gravitational fields, including the examination of its outer shell On site It will help researchers to unravel the mysterious mystery surrounding its formation and evolution. The next flyby of Mercury will not take place until June 2022.(1973 to 1975) and