BepiColombo launch to Mercury


Enjoy this animation visualising BepiColombo’s launch and cruise to Mercury. Some aspects have been simplified for the purpose of this animation.

The joint ESA-JAXA mission comprises the European Mercury Planetary Orbiter and Japan’s Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter, which will be transported to the innermost planet by the Mercury Transfer Module. The animation highlights several key milestones, including the solar array and antenna deployments once in space, through to the arrival at Mercury seven years later. When approaching Mercury, the transfer module will separate and the two science orbiters, still together, will be captured into orbit around the planet. Their altitude will be adjusted until the Magnetospheric Orbiter’s desired orbit is reached. Then the Planetary Orbiter will separate and descend to its lower orbit, and the two craft will begin their scientific exploration of Mercury and its environment.

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Credits: ESA/ATG medialab

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  1. All great stuff, but why not put in the effort, money and time (brainpower) to save what's left of Mother Earth instead of polluting it with rocket fumes and try to conquer space for the happy few?

  2. ESA and Jaxa are really running outstanding missions. GAIA – VLT Telescope – Mister Genzels mind blowing studies of the core of the Milky Way Galaxy – the first picture of a proto planet forming by the Max Planck Institute – Jaxa and DLR Astroid probing – finding liquids on Mars via the Mars Explorer… And the work being done at Antarctica here on Earth… The list goes on… I'm an American and it's beyond sad that the US Media doesn't report on these Missions except NASA is involved… But us – the Scientific community – we know that Europe and Japan are doing outstanding space and planetary Science.

  3. One of the greatest new Inventors in Rocket Propoltion System was my son Angelo N Grubisic,
    I am so proud that he called this BepiColumbo, his own Baby, as many know that what Angelo worked for sadly my son got killed in Saudy Arabia in August 21- 2019 but his legacy will go on an on around Mercury
    I am so proud he made a difference in the wold.. Love you my son…

  4. I live in kidderminster love looking at the stars went out the back of our house to have a cigarette whilst watching an old episode of the office we got a large umbrella, i said to myself id rather look at the night sky than the canopy of the umbrella so i lowered it sat back down in my pyjamas with my blankets and looked up and at 04.21 i noticed and watched what i thought was a satellite sailing through the sky probably for about 15-20 seconds i peered through the lounge window the clock said 04.22 and i thougjt to my self i will watch it again the following morning assuming it would be going past at thst sort of time. I noticed another satellite go past the other morning about 04.35 as i looked at the clock i only wrote this because it flashed up on my phone saying about amazing last pictures of earthvas it takes its last look at earth on its way to the inner atmosphere Wow Wow Wow im buzzing🌎👏

  5. Does the MTM perform the capture burn or is that done by the MPO?

    Edit: I looked it up, and it looks like the MPO will do the capture burn, as the MTM will be jettisoned before capture.

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