Converse Chuck Taylor Ox W (Pink) - Trainers chez (340485),PIKOLINOS Botin Pikolinos De Piel Marron W9h-8926 FASHION FOOTWEAR FOR WOMEN,PIKOLINOS 8953-pikolinos FASHION ANKLE BOOTS FOR WOMENTeva Arrowood 2 Waterproof Shoe - Women,Burberry Burberry BURBERRY 4078666 BLACK - Green,New Balance slip-on 247 sneakersGiuseppe Zanotti Design 'Karine' boots,Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Hilfiger TOMMY HILFIGER FW0FW03585990 990 Calf Leather - BlackNicholas Kirkwood Nicholas Kirkwood NKIRK MIRA PEARL 90 LTHR HHPMP - Blue,Steve Madden Indigo mid heel sandal (Beige) - Sandals chez (344406),BIRKENSTOCK 51793 SANDALIA PLANA DE MUJERCALIFERS Sandalias Plataforma Mujer Piel Ja502c57-negro FASHION BALLERINAS FOR WOMEN,Melissa HARMONIC Pink / BlackThom Browne Thom Browne THOM B LFRS STRP BLK - Black,Emporio Armani EMPORIO ARMANI X4X215XL454 C426 Synthetic->PolyamideStuart Weitzman 40Mm Reserve Suede & Elastic BootsSteffen Schraut beaded detail loafersMarsell Taporsolo' knee high boots,PUMA S046465314bpi LOW-TOP TRAINERS FOR WOMEN,CLARKS Tri Trek Gtx LOW-TOP TRAINERS FOR WOMENPOLIN ET MOI 111910 ZAPATO DE SALÓN PARA MUJERadidas Nemeziz Messi 17.1 FG - Mens Boots - Firm Ground - BY2405 - White/Solar Orange/Clear Grey,Officine Creative 'Bubble' Derby shoesPrada Cloud Bust Knit Running Sneakers,Valentino Valentino VALENTINO QW2S0A03VCE U27 BORDEAUX Furs & Skins->Calf Leather - Red,Valentino Garavani studded ballerina shoesClarks Originals Nala Hike (Black) - Trainers chez (337828)REFRESH 61784 Ant. Negro WEDGE-HEEL SANDALS FOR WOMEN,VEXED 17494 SHOES FOR WOMEN,Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX Approach Shoe - Men,
Sperry® Toddler Girls Saltwater Boot,

Damir Doma 'Framio' sneakers sneakers sneakers 1e09d8

BepiColombo marks 3rd mission to solar system's smallest planet

By Emilee Speck - Digital journalist
Robert Clergerie snakeskin effect boots,

Hi Mercury, it’s been a while. Almost four years after the last mission to the planet closest to the sun –intentionally-- crashed into the planet’s surface, Europe and Japan are preparing to launch BepiColombo, a two-part spacecraft to orbit Mercury.

NASA’s Mariner 10 spacecraft was the first to flyby and capture close images of Mercury in 1974. More than 30 years later, NASA launched Messenger, the first spacecraft to successfully orbit and map Mercury’s surface. That mission ended in 2015.

More News Headlines

BepiColombo is a joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Space Exploration Agency, known as JAXA. The spacecraft is slated to launch Oct. 19 at 9:45 p.m. ET from the French Guiana on the European workhorse rocket Ariane 5. Watch the launch live here.

The spacecraft actually has two orbiters, one from each space agency. ESA’s Mercury Planetary Orbiter has instruments designed to study the planet’s interior, composition and magnetic field. JAXA’s Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter, nicknamed Mio, will study the planet’s magnetic field and Mercury’s atmosphere.

Mio means waterway or fairway in Japanese and is a fitting name for the spacecraft.

"Markers called mio-tsukushi were posted to guide boats sailing at rivers and sea," according to the JAXA website. "In traditional Japanese poetry, mio-tsukushi interchangeably means working hard without giving up. This describes the diligent and tenacious spirit of the MMO project team who never ceases to challenge."

After launch, the combo spacecraft will first make flybys for Earth, Venus and the sun as it picks up speed before making the first flyby of Mercury in 2021.

What challenges will BepiColombo face?

Mercury is the fastest planet in our solar system; it whips around the sun every 88 days. Compared to Earth’s 365-day orbit, that’s very fast. However, one day on Mercury takes 59 Earth days because of its slow rotation.

Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, but not the hottest. Because of its its proximity to the sun, it's difficult to observe with ground telescopes and hard to reach via spacecraft.

To reach its destination the spacecraft will use a trajectory theory created by the Italian astrophysicist BeiColombo is named after. Dr. Giuseppe "Bepi" Colombo suggested a mission could reach Mercury by using a gravity-assist swing-by of Venus. The spacecraft will make several of these flybys.

To insure BepiColombo is ready for the seven-year voyage, it's equipped with a solar-electric propulsion system. It will be protected from the sun by a shield-like structure called known as MOSIF.



Will the mission find life?
It’s unlikely. No evidence has been found to indicate any life yet on the small planet. According to NASA, it’s not a great life-supporting candidate. The daytime temperatures can reach 800 degrees and then drop to negative 290 degrees at night.

Also, the atmosphere is very thin. Any atoms on Mercury’s surface don’t stand a chance against solar wind.

Copyright 2018 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.

Maison Margiela Maison Margiela flared heel pumps - Nude & Neutrals,