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BepiColombo gets green light for launch site

9 Mar 2018, 10:00 UTC
BepiColombo gets green light for launch site spacecraft: ESA/ATG medialab; Mercury: NASA/JPL

Europe’s first mission to Mercury will soon be ready for shipping to the spaceport to begin final preparations for launch.

The mission passed a major review yesterday, meaning that the three BepiColombo spacecraft, along with ground equipment and mission experts, are confirmed to start the move from ESA’s centre in the Netherlands to Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at the end of next month. The launch window is open from 5 October until 29 November.

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