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BepiColombo takes last snaps of Earth en route to Mercury

ESA Friday, 10 April 2020
BepiColombo takes last snaps of Earth en route to MercuryThe ESA/JAXA BepiColombo mission completed its first flyby on 10 April, as the spacecraft came less than 12 700 km from Earth’s surface at 06:25 CEST, steering its trajectory towards the final destination, Mercury. Images gathered just before closest approach portray our planet shining through darkness, during one of humankind’s most challenging times in recent history.
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News video: Mercury-Bound Probe Snaps Awesome Views During Earth Slingshot

Mercury-Bound Probe Snaps Awesome Views During Earth Slingshot 01:03

The European-Japanese Mercury BepiColombo mission used Earth's gravitational pull to help launch itself on a journey towards Mercury. Over the seven-year journey, it'll make nine gravity-assist flybys, but this is the only time it will pass its home planet.

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