2021-10-04

Bepicolombo sent back more amazing images of mercury during the close gravity assisted flyover

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Bepicolombo sent back more amazing images of mercury during the close gravity assisted flyover

Bepicolombo sent back more amazing images of mercury during the close gravity assisted flyover(1)

Bepicolombo sent back more amazing images of mercury during the close gravity assisted flyover(2)

Bepicolombo sent back more amazing images of mercury during the close gravity assisted flyover(3)

Bepicolombo sent back more amazing images of mercury during the close gravity assisted flyover(4) </ P >

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p > bepicolombo took this picture of mercury on October 1, 2021, when the spacecraft flew over mercury for gravity assisted maneuver. This picture was taken by the mercury transfer module’s monitoring camera 2 at 23:41:12 UTC time. At that time, the spacecraft was 1410 kilometers away from mercury</ p>

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p > bepicolombo will explore these topics to help us understand the mysterious planet more comprehensively, based on the data collected by NASA’s messenger mission. It will solve some problems, for example. What volatile matter turns violently into gas to power volcanic eruptions? If most of Mercury’s rocks are stripped off, how does it retain these volatile substances? How long did the volcanic activity last? How fast does Mercury’s magnetic field change</ p>

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p > “in addition to the images we obtained from the monitoring camera, we also operated several scientific instruments on the mercury planetary orbiter and mercury magnetospheric orbiter,” added Johannes benkhoff, scientist of the ESA bepicolombo project</ p>

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p > bepicolombo’s main scientific mission will begin in early 2026. It uses a total of nine planetary flyovers: one on earth, two on Venus and six on mercury, together with the spacecraft’s solar electric propulsion system to help guide it into mercury orbit. Its next mercury flyover will take place on June 23, 2022</ p>