Science objectives

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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