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BepiColombo spacecraft into orbit

Ariane 5 launched first European mission to Mercury -VIDEO

Ariane 5 has successfully completed its seventh mission of 2018, positioning the BepiColombo spacecraft into orbit for its direct flight to Mercury, the smallest and least explored planet in our solar system. The mission is undertaken jointly by the European Space Agency  (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). A truly record-breaking mission: Bepi Colombo is in fact the first craft to carry two vehicles into Mercury’s orbit.  The first –the MPO (Mercury Planetary Orbiter)– was built by the ESA and will collect data on the surface and the internal composition of the planet; the second –the Mercury Magnetospheric– was built by JAXA and will study the magnetic field.

Below, the video of the launch:

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