The European and Japanese mission BepiColombo will make a flyby of the solar system’s inner-most world next month, diving to just 200 kilometres above the surface of sun-scorched Mercury.
The spacecraft, which is specially engineered to withstand the high temperatures near our star, will collect data and images during the pass, making its closest approach to Mercury – known as peri-herm – on 1 October.
This will be “the first of six flybys of Mercury aimed at reducing BepiColombo’s velocity,” says Elsa Montagnon …
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