BepiColombo is one step closer to Mercury!
The component parts of BepiColombo, the European Space Agency’s first mission to Mercury, have been delivered to the launch site in French Guiana by air, sea and road.
The joint mission between ESA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) consists of two orbiters and one transfer module. It required 70 shipping containers and four cargo planes to ensure it was safely delivered to the European Spaceport at Kourou.
Everything will now be unpacked and re-assembled, together with the addition of solar panels, before launching to Mercury later this year.
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