adidas Copa 18.3 FG - Mens Boots - Firm Ground - Metallic Silver/Core Black/Football BluePhilipp Plein Child sneakers,Diesel D-Komb Heeled boots,Dsquared2 30Mm Logo Brushed Leather Ankle Boots,Coliac 50Mm Nando Jeweled Patent Leather Pumps,Clarks Netley Ella (Brown) - Ankle boots chez (340261),MTNG 69023 C23771 Acuarel Ne LOW-TOP TRAINERS FOR WOMEN,SKECHERS 48228_nvy SANDALIA PLANA DE MUJER,Merrell Aurora 6 Ice+ Waterproof Winter Boot - Women,Joma Aguila FG - Black/Fluo Yellow - Firm Ground - Mens Boots - 187922,Mcq Alexander Mcqueen high ankle sneakers,Skechers Toddler/ Youth Girls Jelly Beams Shoe,Balmain star studded ankle boots,Casadei Techno Blade architectural pumps,Craie Past Gold (Red) - Trainers chez (339823),PEPE JEANS Pgs30261 Baker 548 Bluer Print LOW-TOP TRAINERS FOR WOMEN,OTAZUA 9125 FASHION BOOTS FOR WOMENLa Sportiva Spantik Mountaineering Boot,Mizuno Morelia II Leather Made in Japan - Black/Black/Black - Mens Boots - Firm Ground,Neil Barrett classic leather sneakers,Josmo Dual Size Girl Paw Patrol Slipper,Maryam Nassir Zadeh Maryam Nassir Zadeh Agnes boots - White,Moschino 100Mm Logo Heel Leather Pumps,Marco Tozzi MAE (Black) - Ankle boots chez (339225),MTNG 53917 C25035 Steady Cuero FASHION SANDALS FOR WOMENNIVAL Vero FASHION BOOTS FOR WOMEN,KEEN Gypsum II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot - Men,adidas Copa 18.3 FG - Mens Boots - Firm Ground - Core Black/Core Black/White,Marc Jacobs lightning bolt sneakers,New Balance 481 Team Away Running Shoe,
ANGEL ALARCON Sandalia Angel Alarcn Negra Tacn 8cm 16528 SHOES FOR WOMEN,

Clarks - Maypearl Rayna (Brown) - Clarks Ankle boots chez (340403) 0eefe4

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

By Emilee Speck - Digital journalist

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.

Oboz Juniper 6in Insulated B-Dry Boot - Women,