Participation in the mission attended by representatives of several different countries.
Early yesterday morning from the French Kourou successfully launched a space mission for the integrated study of mercury – BepiColombо. Note that it involved not only European countries, but Japan is a joint project of Japanese and European space agencies.
Mercury is a poorly known planet in our Solar system, it is of great interest to scientists. But the whole difficulty lies in the fact that this planet is too close to the Sun, and therefore to deliver to her companion in the usual way as, say, Mars, will not work.
As explained officer space research Leonid ksanfomaliti, any spacecraft to mercury, attains such a speed that it cannot be extinguished no modern appliances. But because in today’s case, the original decision of the Italian scientist Giuseppe Colombo (in honor of him and named mission BepiColombо), which in the last century has proposed to use gravitational maneuvers of the rocket near the inner planets.
Thanks to such maneuvers BepiColombо apparatus, consisting of two orbiters (planetary and magnetospheric) and the carrier module, year and a half to get out of the orbit of the Earth, then two times to envelop Venus, and six times will fly past its target – mercury. And only at the end of 2025, breaking more than nine billion kilometers, it successfully orbit the smallest and hottest planets in our SS.
According to the plan, BepiColombo will work on the orbit of mercury, at least two years, collecting various information about it, for example, even exploring how the planet interacts with the solar wind.
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