After cool Mars and hot Venus, European spaceflight is now turning towards the still largely unexplored planet Mercury. The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Airbus Defence and Space to build its BepiColombo Mercury probe.
BepiColombo will comprise three modules: a European orbiter, a Japanese orbiter, and a propulsion module that will take the two probes to Mercury. The overall unit will be roughly six metres high and will weigh around four metric tons. About one third of this weight will be made up of fuel.
YEAR: 2017 /
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