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BepiColombo spacecraft, illustration. BepiColombo is a joint mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to explore Mercury. Scheduled for launch in 2018, it will arrive at Mercury in 2025. ESA's Mercury Transfer Module (MTM, bottom), ESA's Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO, centre) and JAXA's Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO, top). At upper centre is the Sunshield and Interface Structure. The spacecraft are shown with solar arrays and instruments deployed.
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