A Mercury-bound spacecraft has passed the smallest planet for the second time

The Mercury-bound BepiColombo probe took a second take a look at its goal planet at the moment throughout a detailed flyby designed to gradual the spacecraft and alter its course.

BepiColombo It’s a joint mission of the European Area Company (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Company (JAXA). The 2-orbit mission that travels to Mercury stacked on prime of one another, Launched in orbit across the Solar in 2018. Since then, floor controllers have adjusted the spacecraft’s trajectory by a sequence of 9 flight maneuvers (one at Earth, two at Venus and 6 at Mercury itself), to step by step gradual BepiColombo down till it could So enter orbit round Photo voltaic SystemThe innermost planet in 2025.