A joint European-Japanese spacecraft is set to fly through Mercury for the first time in 2025 to deliver two probes into planetary orbit.
BERLIN – A joint European-Japanese spacecraft will fly through Mercury for the first time in 2025 to deliver two probes into planetary orbit at the end of Friday.
The BP Colombo mission will build the first of Mercury’s six flyovers at approximately 2334 GMT (1934 EST), which will slow down using the planet’s gravity.
When it passes through Mercury at an altitude of 200 km (125 miles), the spacecraft will collect its first data and images before re-zooming.
The mission is named after the Italian scientist Giuseppe ‘BP’ Colombo, who is credited with helping the gravitational pull, which was first used by NASA’s Mariner 10 in 1974 when it flew over Mercury. ۔