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Three views of Mercury taken by the European BepiColombo mission during its flyby of the planet in June 2023.

European probe captures close views of Mercury (video, photos)

Europe’s Mercury probe BepiColombo made its third close flyby of the target planet on Monday (June 19), revealing a surface riddled with craters, including one that just got a name.

The joint European/Japanese expedition launched in 2018 is nearing the final leg of its seven-year journey through the interior. Solar System. During this journey, BepiColombo relies on gravity of the planets LandAnd Venus And his goal Mercury to slow itself down enough to be able to transition from the orbit of the Sun to the orbit of Mercury in late 2025.