European Space Agency Media Briefing on the Mercury BepiColombo Mission

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European Space Agency Media Briefing on the Mercury BepiColombo Mission.

The European Space Agency held a media briefing at ESA's technical centre in the Netherlands on July 6 to discuss the upcoming mission BepiColombo to Mercury.

Mercury is the least understood of all the inner rocky planets in our Solar System. Knowing its evolution is crucial to understand the evolution of our entire Solar System. BepiColombo, Europe's first mission to Mercury, will be launched in 2018.

Currently undergoing final testing at ESA's Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands, in between being moved from one test chamber to the next, the whole spacecraft stack was presented to the media: the European and the Japanese orbiters as well as the transfer module.

More about BepiColombo:
http://www.esa.int/bepicolombo

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