Bepi Colombo : Europe and Japan set out to conquer Mercury

Mercury is a planet that has so far been relatively little studied. Also, the European, ESA, and Japanese space agencies, JAXA, have worked together to meet this challenge and set up the international space mission Bepi Colombo. During the night of 19-20 October, the two satellites that make up the satellite will be launched from Kourou by an Ariane 5 rocket.

After a seven-year journey, they will separate and orbit Mercury: the European MPO satellite will focus on fully mapping the planet and studying its surface, internal structure and exosphere, while the Japanese MMO satellite (renamed Mio) will focus on the planet’s magnetized environment. In total, eight Bepi Colombo’s instruments were designed thanks to the contributions of eight CNRS laboratories, including the Institut de recherche en astrophysique et planétologie de Toulouse (IRAP – OMP, CNRS/CNES/Université Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier).

Retrouvez l’article de CNRS Le Journal dédié à la mission Bepi Colombo.

More news

News

Neo-Narval, a new instrument at the summit of the Pic du Midi

Exoplanets are on a roll! This is evidenced by the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to the Swiss Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for their discovery of the first […]

13.10.2020

News

Astronomers Take Action to Raise Awareness of Climate Change

The journal Nature Astronomy published on September 10, 2020, a series of articles written by astronomers on the relationship between astronomical research and the climate crisis. This edition underlines the […]

07.10.2020

News

Delivery of DPIX to CNES, the eyes of the camera ECLAIRs

The DPIX detection plan was delivered to CNES by IRAP, after several years of development that saw a succession of complex realization steps and tests, resulting in a perfectly operational […]

24.09.2020

Search