- Mercury has proven itself to
be a special planet. Some scientists think it might be shrinking — even
though it’s already the tiniest member of our solar system — and others
speculate that it has volcanoes and water ice.
- Now, a spacecraft called
BepiColombo is scheduled for a mission to uncover the truth.
- The BepiColombo spacecraft, the product of a partnership between the European Space Agency and Japan’s JAXA space agency,
will launch in October 2018 for the third-ever mission to reach
- Understanding Mercury has so far been a difficult process,
since spaceships have to enter the planet’s unusually thin atmosphere
very slowly to avoid smashing into its surface upon arrival. Read more (7/7/17)