Skip to comments.Watch Live Tonight! ESA and JAXA Launch BepiColombo to Mercury @ 9:45 pm ET
Posted on 10/19/2018 6:40:27 PM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
"An Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket will launch a new mission to Mercury tonight, to send a set of spacecraft to the innermost planet! The joint mission by the European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will lift off at 9:45 p.m. EDT (0145 GMT) from a pad at the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. You can watch the launch live here, beginning at 9:15 p.m. EDT (0115 GMT), courtesy of ESA."
(Excerpt) Read more at space.com ...
It is amazing that a spacecraft could get so close to the sun and survive.
We will see if it survives;
Very cool. Thank you for posting.
This is taking place in French Guiana. They have a radar mounted on top of a hill surrounded by jungle. Its like watching something in a Star Wars movie...
It’s a fun 15-20 min diversion.
Its odd to watch—and listen—to a French Flight team directing this.
I keep looking for NASA flat top haircuts and guys with white shirts and slide rules in their pockets. (My youth...)
They indicate that they lost telemetry at liftoff. So they are waiting to regain contact.
It was a Space.com pop-up. Just thought I would post.
It appears to be on its way. I will leave the rest to the earnest looking men watching their consoles!
Isn’t the country called Surinam, now?
This sucker won’t get to Mercury until 2025. It takes a lot of energy to put a spacecraft in orbit there, mainly to slow down I presume.
Surinam is Dutch Guiana. French Guiana is still French Guiana. They have Jungle. Beyond that I know not!
It has some enormous amount of Fuel on board, something like 46 tons (Or Tonnes, can’t tell the difference when its spoken!)
The article is here.
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