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Animation visualising BepiColombo’s journey to Mercury
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- Title Animation visualising BepiColombo’s journey to Mercury
- Released: 05/07/2017
- Length 00:02:09
- Language English
- Footage Type Animation
- Copyright ESA - European Space Agency, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
On its seven-year journey to Mercury, the European-Japanese mission BepiColombo takes advantage of the gravity of Earth, Venus and Mercury to adjust its trajectory and reach its final orbit. Launched in 2018, the spacecraft performs overall nine gravity assist flyby manoeuvres (depicted in this animation), before entering orbit around the Solar System's innermost planet in December 2025.
Note: This image was updated on 27 March 2020 to reflect updated flyby dates.