BepiColombo: Go For Launch (Prep)!

Earlier this month, the BepiColombo spacecraft was approved for transport to the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) facility in French Guiana to begin launch preparations. This week, scientists from across the U.S. and Europe came together for the Mercury: Current and Future Science of the Innermost Planet meeting. This meeting was arranged to discuss the state of our knowledge of Mercury, fundamental questions that persist about the planet, and new questions that arose from NASA’s MESSENGER mission. Many of these questions may yet be answered by observations from the BepiColombo spacecraft. BepiColombo begins its seven-year journey to Mercury in October of this year and will seek to address outstanding questions about Mercury’s origin and evolution. Take a look at BepiColombo’s planned journey to Mercury here: BepiColombo’s Journey to Mercury by ESA.