Science objectives

BepiColombo at Mercury

The science objectives of the BepiColombo mission cover all aspects of the planet and its environment. Broadly speaking, this will be achieved by studying the following themes:

  • The origin and evolution of a planet close to its parent star
  • The planet’s interior structure and composition
  • Characteristics and origin of its internal magnetic field
  • Surface processes, such as cratering, tectonics, polar deposits and volcanism
  • The structure, composition, origin and dynamics of Mercury's exosphere
  • The structure and dynamics of Mercury's magnetosphere
  • Einstein's Theory of General Relativity (by making precise measurements of the spacecraft’s orbit and position)
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