The first image of Mercury, the smallest planet in the Solar System, was shown by the European-Japanese mission spacecraft Baby-Colombo.
The BBC reports that the spacecraft began its journey in 2016 and was able to take pictures for the first time last Friday.
According to the European Space Agency, the image was visible from a distance of 200 km or 125 miles on Wednesday. However, the image captured by his surveillance camera is black and white and low resolution.
The journey started on October 20, 2016. There are three steps this vehicle can take to get to Mercury. After orbiting the Earth once in its first phase, it first orbited Venus in 2020. In its second orbit on August 16, the spacecraft’s distance from Venus was three hundred and fifty miles. In the final stage, Baby-Colombo moves towards the mysterious Mercury. Baby-Colombo finally unveiled a picture of Mercury today. The spacecraft will reach Mercury after orbiting six times over the next 4 years.
When it reaches Mercury, Baby-Colombo will split into two parts. The main body created by the European Space Agency will collect information about the upper and inner structure of Mercury. A map of the surface will be created there. On the other hand, the Japanese-made vehicle will operate on the planet’s magnetic field and the origin of the solar system. Earlier, NASA, the US space agency, had conducted two successful missions to Mercury.
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