European space mission: European space mission to Mercury sends first image of the planet

European space mission: European space mission to Mercury sends first image of the planet
  • Jonathan Amos
  • BBC Science Correspondent

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The first image of Mercury from the European Union mission was sent to Earth

The European mission to Mercury (BeppiColombo) sent the first image of the closest planet to the Sun in the Solar System.

At an altitude of only 200 km, the mission was sent shortly after take-off over Mercury.

The mission leaders devised five more strategies using Mercury’s gravity using force to support the craft’s speed control.

These strategies are aimed at slowing down the spacecraft so that it can create a stable orbit around the planet.

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