Europe and Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

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European and Japanese space agencies said an Ariane 5 rocket successfully lifted a spacecraft carrying two probes into orbit Saturday for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun. The European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said the unmanned BepiColombo spacecraft successfully separated...

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Published on October 22, 2018 -  01:15
Spacecraft Is on Its Way to the Hot Planet Mercury
Spacecraft Is on Its Way to the Hot Planet Mercury BepiColumbo launched aboard a rocket on Friday from French Guiana. Made up of two probes, Mercury is a bit of a mystery to scientists. It's composition is very different from the earth's. Nancy Chabot, Johns Hopkins University, via NPR While temperatures on the planet can reach up to 800° F, Nancy Chabot, Johns Hopkins University, via NPR BepiColombo's Mercury orbit will pass close enough to the south pole to gather new information about the ice deposits. The Mercury exploration is expected to take about seven years.

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