BepiColombo: Europe's Mercury space mission in final stretch | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

BepiColombo: Europe's Mercury space mission in final stretch

Europe's first mission to Mercury arrives at its destination in the coming hours.

It'll be the briefest of visits, however.

The BepiColombo probe is moving too fast to go into orbit and will fly straight by the planet.

But the diminutive world's gravity will have slowed the craft just a little, and further passes in the coming years will eventually see Bepi take up a stable station around Mercury.

That'll be late 2025; patience is required.

Comments

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA