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BepiColombo Ariane 5 Launch
October 18 @ 9:45 PM UTC-3
Arianespace will use an Ariane 5 ECA rocket to launch the BepiColombo mission for the European Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. BepiColombo will begin a seven-year journey to Mercury, where two spacecraft built in Europe and Japan will survey the solar system’s innermost planet’s geology, evolution and magnetic field. BepiColombo will be the third space mission to visit Mercury, and the first led by Europe.
Launch time: 9:45 p.m. EDT on 18th (0145 GMT on 19th)