Discussion in 'science, nature and environment' started by editor, Aug 1, 2018.
BepiColombo, a Mercury Mission by Europe and Japan, Will Launch in October
Pity about the designed-by-commitee name but space exploration = good so I'm happy.
I somehow missed this thread before starting another, so I'll bump this one instead.
Rocket and payload all ready for launch
Video here showing how it will get to Mercury.
I can't wait for the new generation of heavy lift rockets that will let us put a honking big 3rd stage on probes like this so we can just take the direct route instead of these insane (but impressive) astrobatics.
Calculating that trajectory would turn your slide-rule into smoking ash.
And she's away!
See you in 6 years...
Put that sun-cream on now.
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