“Mercury Ahead!”: The BepiColombo Mission Has Captured Its First Views of Planet Mercury – Design You Trust

“Mercury Ahead!”: The BepiColombo Mission Has Captured Its First Views of Planet Mercury


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The closest approach took place at 23:34 UTC on 1 October at an altitude of 199 km from the planet’s surface. Images from the spacecraft’s monitoring cameras, along with scientific data from a number of instruments, were collected during the encounter. The images were already downloaded over the course of Saturday morning, and a selection of first impressions are presented here.

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A taste of Mercury geology

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Images were acquired from about five minutes after the time of close approach and up to four hours later. Because BepiColombo arrived on the planet’s nightside, conditions were not ideal to take images directly at the closest approach, thus the closest image was captured from a distance of about 1000 km.


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Sunrise on Mercury

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