BepiColombo at Earth

BepiColombo at Earth

Released

09/03/2018 9:00 am

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ESA/ATG medialab

Description

Artist’s impression of the BepiColombo spacecraft in cruise configuration, flying past Earth. The Mercury Transfer Module is shown with two ion thrusters firing, and with its solar wings extended. The 7.5 m-long solar array of the Mercury Planetary Orbiter in the middle is seen extending to the bottom, with the magnetometer boom protruding to the right, and the antenna deployed to the left. The Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter is hidden inside the sunshield towards the background in this orientation.

 

BepiColombo is a joint endeavour between ESA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA. 

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