The mission will study all aspects of Mercury, from the structure and dynamics of its magnetosphere and how it interacts with the solar wind, to its internal structure with its large iron core, and the origin of the planet’s magnetic field. It will make global maps of the surface elemental and chemical composition and image features to better understand geological processes and how the surface has been modified over time by impact craters, tectonic activity, volcanism and polar ice deposits.

  • Launch: 20 Oct 2018
  • Launch site: Kourou, French Guiana
  • Launcher: Ariane 5
BepiColombo
BepiColombo at Venus
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Venus takes centre stage in October 2020 observation campai…

19/09/2019 610 views 2 likes
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BepiColombo in cruise configuration
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BepiColombo is ready for its long cruise

05/04/2019 4836 views 94 likes
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BepiColombo approaching Mercury
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BepiColombo now firing on all cylinders

05/12/2018 8495 views 140 likes
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Twin ion thrusters firing
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Electric blue thrusters propelling BepiColombo to Mercury

16/11/2018 9303 views 152 likes
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Elsa Montagnon
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BepiColombo's beginning ends

22/10/2018 7122 views 166 likes
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BepiColombo blasts off to investigate Mercury’s mysteries

20/10/2018 16011 views 166 likes
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Teams at mission control in BepiColombo simulation
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Mission control ready for Mercury

17/10/2018 6157 views 83 likes
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Watch BepiColombo launch

16/10/2018 38323 views 263 likes
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BepiColombo at Mercury
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Practising for BepiColombo’s epic escape to Mercury

12/10/2018 5673 views 93 likes
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BepiColombo fairing release
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Call for Media: BepiColombo launch to Mercury

08/10/2018 3179 views 27 likes
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MMO and MPO mini-stack
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BepiColombo science orbiters stacked together

31/08/2018 5744 views 73 likes
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BepiColombo to target mid-October launch

26/07/2018 11700 views 91 likes
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BepiColombo arrives at Europe’s Spaceport

11/05/2018 1623 views 46 likes
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BepiColombo approaching Mercury
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BepiColombo gets green light for launch site

09/03/2018 9197 views 133 likes
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BepiColombo stack
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Preparing for Mercury: BepiColombo stack completes testing

06/07/2017 5853 views 73 likes
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BepiColombo acoustic test
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Call for media: Last chance to view ESA’s Mercury Explorer …

14/06/2017 1926 views 30 likes
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BR-335 cover
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ESA BR-335 BepiColombo

19/05/2017 1679 views 9 likes
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BepiColombo module in space simulator
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The mercury rises for BepiColombo

11/03/2013 5631 views 38 likes
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