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BepiColombo prepares to fly by Venus

10-08-2020


TBepiColombo prepares to fly by Venus oday’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency describes the BepiColombo mission as it prepares to fly by Venus. 

BepiColombo was launched on October 20, 2018 and made a flyby of Earth this year in April. Mio, the name of the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter, was selected from thousands of suggestions by the Japanese public. In Japanese, Mio means a waterway, and according to JAXA, it symbolizes the research and development milestones reached thus far, and wishes for safe travel ahead.

The spacecraft will approach Venus on October 15. Scientific instruments will be activated to study the planet as the spacecraft approaches, and “selfie cams” will be used to cautious capture images.  The BepiColombo mission is  selected by ESA in 2000. A request for proposals for the science payload was issued in 2004. BepiColombo prepares to fly by Venus as shown above in the video showing and explaining the mission. The solar electric system has a very high specific impulse and low thrust. Therefore it  leads to a flight profile with months-long continuous low-thrust braking phases. The solar array requires continuous rotation keeping the Sun.

Video Credit: ESA

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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