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Scientists model the glaciers of Mercury

Credit: University of Maine The processes that led to icing on the crater poles of Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun, were modeled by a research team led by the University of Maine. James Fastook, professor of computer science and climate research at UMaine, and James Head and Ariel Deutsch from Brown University studied the accumulation and flow of …

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Mercury fire probe with the most powerful ion drive ever

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of Use. The BepiColombo Mercury Probe is a joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) that studies the magnetic field, magnetosphere, interior, and surface structures Mercury is to investigate two vehicles – the Mercury Planetary O rbiter (MPO) and …

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European, Japanese space probe begins a seven-year journey to Mercury

European and Japanese space agencies have successfully launched a spacecraft as part of a joint mission to investigate Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun. The unmanned space probe "BepiColombo" launched on 20 October from French Guiana. It is named after the Italian scientist Giuseppe "Bepi" Colombo. The Ariane 5 rocket lifted her into orbit. The spacecraft carried two probes …

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Travel to Mercury on Ion Power

Star Trek, however much we love it, was sometimes guilty with a certain exaggeration and more than its share of inconsistency. In some episodes, ion drives were advanced technology and in others they were outdated. Decide! ESA JAXA's BepiColombo probe is on its way to Mercury with four ion engines developed by a company called QinetiQ. But unlike the ion …

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Why does it take so long to get to Mercury?

European and Japanese space agencies launched their first mission to Mercury yesterday (October 19, October 20, GMT), but now the engineers and admirers of the mission must wait seven years before the science of the project begins seriously. The BepiColombo mission has such a long travel time because it is really difficult to successfully orbit our smallest planetary neighbor. It …

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Mission to Mercury launches – Sky & Telescope

The BepiColumbo spacecraft, a joint European-Japanese mission to Mercury, launched from Earth and began its seven-year hike to the innermost planet. BepiColombo launches on an Ariane 5 rocket, still seen in this video. ESA / CNES / Arianespace We go back to Mercury! , , .perhaps. The BepiColombo spacecraft launched at 9:45:28 on 19 October. EDT on an Ariane 5 …

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