The European Space Agency has recently published a series of impressive images of the Earth captured by the BepiColombo probe. The mission aiming to provide resourceful information regarding the formation and evolution of Mercury started in 2018.
Two years have passed by, and the spacecraft that was launched for Mercury is still located in the vicinity of our planet. In the images, it can be easily spotted that the Earth is positioned between the rover’s magnetometer and its medium-gain antenna.
The mission is powered by solar energy, and during its rotation around our planet, the rover was forced to spend an impressive amount of time in the dark without light, giving scientists a hard time. Thankfully, all went as planned, and the rover even managed to provide a series of stunning pictures with the Earth viewed from the outer space.
The BepiColombo Mission
The success was granted by the fact that, before its launch, the spacecraft was fully charged and warmed before starting the journey towards Mercury. Then, on the 10th of April, the launch went as planned. The mission is researching our solar system’s smallest planet with the help of BepiColombo, through a series of various loops around our planet, Venus and Mercury.
The frequent loops are essential when it comes to the success of this study. The spacecraft managed to travel successfully at the speed of Earth and is now trying to reach Mercury’s rate, which is 20 kilometers more. Therefore, the rover is powered by the energy coming from the planets as well.
When the rover reaches Mercury, it is scheduled to be separated into two analyzing machines. The research will provide insight into the planet’s atmosphere, as well as its magnetic field and the craters on its surface. BepiColombo is scheduled to reach Mercury in 2025, proving that the planetary dances are more complicated than it is commonly believed.