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BepiColombo mission to Mercury launch successful

Posted: October 23, 2018

BepiColombo mission to Mercury launch successful Photo Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique vidéo du CSG – JM Guillon

The European Space Agency BepiColombo mission to Mercury successfully lifted off at 1:45 GMT 10/20/18 from the agency's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Watch video of the liftoff at the link below: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6Aj6Ht8Ozo

Two Climate & Space researchers are involved in the BepiColombo mission: Stefano Livi, research professor of climate and space sciences and engineering is principal investigator, along with co-investigator Prof. James Slavin, on the spacecraft’s neutral particle spectrometer, which measures the composition of the upper-most atmosphere.

The project is a joint mission between the European Space Agnecy (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), executed under ESA leadership. 

Read more about the BepiColombo mission here: https://news.engin.umich.edu/2018/10/um-researchers-to-help-unravel-mercury-solar-system-mysteries-on-esa-mission/


Congratulations, BepiColombo team!