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BepiColombo - A Mission to Mercury

A Comprehensive Exploration of Mercury

BepiColombo is Europe's first mission to Mercury. It will launch in 2015 on a journey to the smallest and least explored terrestrial planet in our Solar System. Arriving at Mercury in January 2022, it will endure temperatures in excess of 350°C and gather data during a 1 year nominal mission. The mission comprises two spacecraft: the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO). BepiColombo is a joint mission between ESA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), executed under ESA leadership.

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Get the latest news on the BepiColombo development and science operations planning.

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Stay informed of what science and operations meetings and conferences are just around the corner.

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Follow the development of the Mission Science via the work and interaction of the Disciplinary Science Working Groups.


In addition, you can find more information on the specific details of the mission, spacecraft and scientific payload by following the links in the Portal Menu on the left. And, you can follow the development progress with our Twitter feed on the right. Follow us and stay informed!

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This page was first created on 14 March, 2005 and was last updated on 4 July, 2014.
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