Flying By Mercury

The ESA/JAXA BepiColumbo spacecraft took these pictures of Mercury during its first gravity assist flyby of the planet. During its seven-year cruise to the innermost planet of the Solar System, BepiColombo makes one flyby at Earth, two at Venus and six at Mercury. It will finally arrive in orbit around Mercury in 2025.

Video Credit: ESA / JAXA

Just Passing By

On 10 April, the ESA BepiColumbo spacecraft flew by Earth during a gravity assist maneouver on its way to Mercury. This 360-degree VR simulation of the flyby  takes you on a trip past Earth at the distance of only 12,700 km. The simulation displays the fields of view a pair of BepiColombo’s science instruments (MERTIS and PHEBUS) and two of its three MCAM selfie cameras.

Video Credit: ESA