BepiColombo's First Pictures of Mercury

BepiColombo has successfully pulled off a flawless flyby to Mercury recently, and it was able to take some pictures of the planet. Unfortunately, the spacecraft arrived on the planet's night side, and so the closest image was from a distance of about 1000km. However, the pictures were detailed enough to capture the impact craters on the Mercury's surface.

Valentina Galluzzi, the co-investigator of BepiColombo’s SIMBIO-SYS imaging system, was excited to meet Mercury finally, after years of studying the planet.

Here are the photos captured by the spacecraft. See the captions of each image over at The European Space Agency (ESA).

(All Images: ESA)

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