Elsa Montagnon is Spacecraft Operations Manager for the European/Japanese mission leaving for our solar system’s innermost planet very soon. She joins us to talk about the long journey ahead. Elsa also has the cover article in the brand new edition of The Planetary Report, the Planetary Society’s once exclusive magazine that is now available to everyone online, according to its editor, Emily Lakdawalla. Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye is happy for a very happy Elon Musk. The leader of SpaceX just introduced his paying customer for a trip around the moon in 2023. All this, and What’s Up!
Bepicolombo approaching Mercury (artist concept)
ESA/ATG medialab; Mercury: NASA/JPL
BepiColombo approaching Mercury (5)
ESA / M. Gaido
Engineers attach 4 ion thrusters to BepiColombo’s Mercury Transfer Module in April 2016.