The European Space Agency says the European-Japanese Pepicolombo study took the first photo of Mercury and sent it to Earth on Saturday, October 2nd.
According to a report released by the agency, the European-Japanese joint space mission was able to photograph the planet when the Pepicolombo exploration approached the planet on Wednesday, October 1st. The report indicated that the black and white image was taken at 02:44 Moscow time, when the probe approached a distance of 2,418 km from Mercury.
The area photographed by the study is part of the northern hemisphere of Mercury, where the “Calvino” and “Lermontov” craters are located, as well as the “Sikto” valley. The European Space Agency expects to receive other, more detailed photos soon.
The main purpose of the BepiColombo mission is to study Mercury. The European Space Agency and the Japanese Institute for Aeronautics and Space Research began implementing the program in 2008, and two probes for the project are due to be accessed on Wednesday.
It is noteworthy that the two devices carried by the probes were designed with the participation of Russian experts, in particular Russian experts participated in the design of the MGNS device with two neutron spectrometers.
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