ariane 5 rocket begins bepicolombo s journey to mercury
Europe’s powerful Ariane 5 booster took to the skies on Friday, October 19, to launch BepiColombo on a long journey to Mercury. The joint ESA/JAXA mission is expected to be inserted into Mercurian orbit in December of 2025. Arianespace used the powerful rocket to send the probe aloft and designation the mission VA245 in the company’s numbering system. The rocket lifted off at exactly 10:45 p.m. local time (9:45 p.m. EDT / 1:45 GMT October 20) from the Ariane Launch Complex No.3 (ELA-3) located i... ASTRO WATCH 4 weeks
ariane 5 launches bepicolombo to mercury
A Mercury-bound science mission from the European and Japanese space agencies began a seven-year journey to the Solar System’s smallest planet Oct. 19 aboard...
bepicolombo blasts off to investigate mercury s mysteries
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...
A European-Japanese spacecraft set off on a treacherous seven-year journey to Mercury to probe the solar system's smallest and least-explored planet.
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Watch BepiColombo launch from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on an Ariane 5 rocket
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BepiColombo lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on an Ariane 5 rocket at 01:45 GMT
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A joint European-Japanese mission to the tiniest planet, Mercury, blasted off from French Guiana on its long journey tonight (Oct. 19, Oct. 20 GMT).
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Known since antiquity, Mercury has not yet delivered all its secrets. The international mission BepiColombo, scheduled to launch in the coming days, will study the planet's surface and compare its magnetic field with that of the...
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electric blue thrusters propelling bepicolombo to mercury
In mid-December, twin discs will begin glowing blue on the underside of a minibus-sized spacecraft in deep space. At that moment Europe...
The 2.5 m long boom carrying the magnetometer sensors onboard ESA's BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) has been successfully deployed. The sensors are now prepared to measure the magnetic field on the way to Mercury.
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BepiColombo, a joint endeavor between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), blasted...
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bepicolombo magnetometer boom deployed
The 2.5 m long boom carrying the magnetometer sensors onboard ESA’s BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) has been successfully deployed. The sensors are now prepared to measure the...
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manoeuvring to mercury
Operations image of the week: Estrack engineers Lucy Santana and Daniel Firre in ESA's Main Control Room during the launch of the ESA/JAXA mission to Mercury — BepiColombo
Tiny Mercury is a strange planet that may hide secrets to how our solar system formed — and that's why the European and Japanese space agencies decided to...
manoeuvering to mercury
Operations image of the week: Estrack engineers Lucy Santana and Daniel Firre in ESA's Main Control Room during the launch of the ESA/JAXA mission to Mercury — BepiColombo
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Final preparations were underway Friday for the launch of a joint mission by European and Japanese space agencies to send twin probes to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.
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The European-Japanese BepiColombo mission captured its first photo on Saturday (Oct. 20), a day after lifting off from French Guiana. The image is a selfie showing...
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The European-Japanese BepiColombo mission captured its first photo on Saturday (Oct. 20), a day after lifting off from French Guiana. The image is a selfie showing a solar...
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Teams responsible for flying the bold BepiColombo mission to Mercury today completed the last major step in preparation for Saturday's liftoff—the final pre-launch 'dress rehearsal' at ESA's ESOC control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.
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mission control ready for mercury
Teams responsible for flying the bold BepiColombo mission to Mercury today completed the last major step in preparation for Saturday’s liftoff — the final pre-launch ‘dress...
The European-Japanese planetary mission BepiColombo lifted off from the European spaceport in French Guiana at 03:45 Central European Summer time on 20 October 2018 (22:45 on...
final countdown
BepiColombo at the launch pad ahead of its scheduled liftoff to Mercury at 01:45 GMT on Saturday
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ready for countdown
Operations image of the week: after years of planning and countless hours of simulations, mission teams at ESA’s mission control are ready to take flight on the long and complex...
bepicolombo highlights
From spacecraft preparations through to liftoff from Europe’s Spaceport, watch highlights of the BepiColombo launch
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On Saturday 27 October, about a week after BepiColombo's launch, the spacecraft successfully rotated its solar arrays to a position "off-pointed" by 54 degrees, at a rate of rotation of...
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Whether Mercury formed from a single collision or multiple impacts, the iron-rich planet is probably a rare breed.
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bepicolombo s beginning ends
A stunning early morning launch lifted the ESA/JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft into space on Saturday, 20 October, marking the start of intensive, round-the-clock flight control activities to ensure the mission’s health...
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