missions to mercury

  • Twin Probes Suffer Thruster Glitch on the Way to Mercury

    Twin Probes Suffer Thruster Glitch on the Way to Mercury

    For more than five years, a pair of spacecraft have been traveling through the solar system to reach the innermost planet Mercury and observe its extreme conditions. During its complex journey, the BepiColombo mission ran into a problem that’s preventing its thrusters from operating at full power, potentially jeopardizing the mission. BepiColombo launched in October…


  • First Image From This Week’s Rare Double Flyby of Venus

    First Image From This Week’s Rare Double Flyby of Venus

    The BepiColombo mission got this close-up image of the planet Venus as it passed by on August 10. The spacecraft was using Venus for a gravity assist on its way to its ultimate destination, Mercury. It’s one of two spacecraft zipping by the planet this week, the other being Solar Orbiter, which flew past yesterday.