ESA Prepares For BepiColombo Mercury Mission

By Frank Morring, Jr.

European Space Agency (ESA) engineers have upgraded the Large Space Simulator (LSS) at the European Space Research and Technology Center (Estec) to prepare for the upcoming BepiColombo mission to Mercury, where the spacecraft will encounter temperatures much hotter than those found at planets further from the Sun.

Mercury’s orbit takes it within 46 million km. (29 million ...

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