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BepiColombo completes first Mercury flyby, science provides insight into planet’s unique environment

BepiColombo completes first Mercury flyby, science provides insight into planet’s unique environment

Source: NASA Spaceflight
Date Published: 10/24/2021

On October 1, 2021, the joint European Space Agency (ESA) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) BepiColombo spacecraft successfully performed its first flyby of the solar system’s innermost planet, Mercury. The flyby is the first in a set of six such events BepiColombo will complete before entering orbit around Mercury in late 2025.

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