Next images from Mercury by BepiColombo
Breaking news! ESA and JAXA sent the following images captured by BepiColombo on Mercury a few minutes ago. The images look perfect and are superb of high quality. ESA and JAXA presented natural images, as well as some with a lot of data on them, with the names of the craters and many others.
They showed details close to the planet. Some images were taken more than 500 km or more than 1000 km from Mercury, others just 200 km or less, giving us an extraordinary perspective on the planet.
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At 23:34 UTC, BepiColombo set a record! It approached Mercury less than 198 km. In the image above at a distance of approx. 2418 km., Bepi captures the northern hemisphere of Mercury and including Sihtu Planitia. All this can be found somewhere in or near the Calvin crater on Mercury and near the Lermontov crater also on Mercury, one of the largest craters there with approx. 166 km wide.
And if you want to find more details about the first image and some information about the mission, go here: https://www.bailey-universe.com/l/bepicolombo-reaches-mercury/
BepiColombo is touching Mercury at this time. The BepiColombo mission, led by ESA and JAXA, captures Mercury from a short distance, in the evening of October 1 - the morning of October 2. That was a few hours ago in some parts of the Earth. ESA says the image was taken at 23:44:12 UTC by Monitoring Camera 2 of the Mercury transfer module. More about Mercury: https://www.bailey-universe.com/l/en-mercury/
More details about this are here: https://www.bailey-universe.com/l/bepicolombo-reaches-mercury/
The next Mercury flyby is scheduled for June 20, 2022, and on December 5, 2025, probably, Bepi will enter the Mercury atmosphere.
We wish ESA, JAXA, and BepiColombo success in providing us with even more information and images from Mercury.
Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen
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