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1. How to follow BepiColombo's launch

(Web Page; Fri Oct 12 15:09:00 CDT 2018)

It’s been a long stretch of few launches to destinations other than the Moon, Sun, Mars, and asteroids, so I’m thrilled to be anticipating the beginning of a new mission to Mercury. And what an ambitious mission! BepiColombo ...

Description: I’m thrilled to be anticipating the beginning of a new mission to Mercury. Here's a timeline for BepiColombo's planned launch on 20 October (19 October in the U.S.).

2. Back to Mercury! Europe and Japan's BepiColombo mission moves closer to launch

(Web Page; Mon Jul 17 16:35:00 CDT 2017)

Sending a spacecraft to Mercury is hard. First of all, it gets pretty hot that close to the Sun—about 430 degrees Celsius—which is bad for a space robot's electronics. Secondly, it's hard to get there. Any spacecraft visiti...

Description: Next year, a pair of probes head to Mercury to answer outstanding questions about our innermost planet, as well as the formation of the solar system.

3. Voyage to Mercury

(Web Page; Thu Sep 20 07:57:00 CDT 2018)

Elsa Montagnon is an expert in interplanetary spacecraft operations. She has engineering degrees from the Ecole Centrale Paris and Technical University of Munich. She joined ESA in 1999. Before becoming the BepiColombo spacecraft operati...

Description: Elsa Montagnon details the challenges of delivering BepiColombo’s two spacecraft from Earth to Mercury.

4. BepiColombo's launch date has slipped to August 2015

(Web Page; Sun Sep 14 10:34:00 CDT 2014)

ESA announced this morning that the launch of their BepiColombo mission, a cooperative effort with JAXA, has been delayed from its originally planned July 2014 to the backup launch window in August 2015, stating by way of explanation tha...

Description: ESA announced this morning that the launch of their BepiColombo mission, a cooperative effort with JAXA, has been delayed from its originally planned July 2014 to the backup launch window in August 2015.

5. #Mercury2018: From MESSENGER to BepiColombo and beyond

(Web Page; Thu May 17 14:14:00 CDT 2018)

About 130 Mercury fans gathered in Maryland this month for a meeting about “Mercury: Current and Future Science of the Innermost Planet.” The Mercury community is eagerly anticipating the launch of BepiColombo this fall, so i...

Description: A Mercury meeting held May 1-3 summarized the current and future science of the innermost planet. Emily Lakdawalla was there and shares her notes.

6. Four mission assembly progress reports: ExoMars TGO, InSight, OSIRIS-REx, and BepiColombo

(Web Page; Thu May 28 06:12:00 CDT 2015)

2015 has seen few deep-spacecraft launches, but 2016 is shaping up to be a banner year with three launches, followed quickly by a fourth in early 2017. You can see the list in Olaf Frohn's always-excellent "what's up in the solar system"...

Description: 2015 has seen few deep-space-craft launches, but 2016 is shaping up to be a banner year with three launches, followed quickly by a fourth in early 2017. All of the missions under development have reported significant milestones recently.

7. The September Equinox 2018 Issue of The Planetary Report Is Out!

(Web Page; Tue Sep 18 10:39:00 CDT 2018)

I'm absolutely delighted to present to you all my first issue of The Planetary Report as editor. It continues the magazine's long tradition of connecting readers with mission scientists and engineers. I'm proud to feature original articl...

Description: With my first issue of The Planetary Report as editor, I am taking the magazine open-access. Return to Mercury features articles by Elsa Montagnon on BepiColombo and by Long Xiao on the Chang'e-4 and -5 landers.

8. Where We Are

(Web Page; Tue Sep 18 09:56:00 CDT 2018)

Emily Lakdawalla is The Planetary Society’s senior editor and planetary evangelist. When I first came to The Planetary Society in 2001, there were few solar system spacecraft actively operating their science missions. That year, i...

Description: Emily Lakdawalla introduces an at-a-glance spacecraft locator to The Planetary Report.

9. A Clearer Impression of Degas Crater

(Web Page; Mon Oct 06 10:09:00 CDT 2014)

“A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, and some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people.” —Degas Like many artists and authors, impressionist painter Edgar ...

Description: MESSENGER is revealing the first planet in sharp detail.

10. Orion service module, Ariane development highlight new ESA budget

(Web Page; Fri Nov 21 12:54:00 CST 2014)

Representatives from the European Space Agency’s 20 member states and Canada approved a 10 billion euro budget (13 billion U.S. dollars) for 2013-2017 during their Ministerial Council last week in Naples, Italy. Unlike NASA, the ES...

Description: Representatives from the ESA approved a 10 billion euro budget for 2013-2017 during their Ministerial Council last week in Naples, Italy.

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