BepiColombo flies by Earth, completing first leg of journey to Mercury
Lean team readies ESA’s Mercury-bound BepiColombo for planetary flyby
Ariane 5 launches two satellites on 7-year voyage to Mercury
A powerful European Ariane 5 rocket blasted off from French Guiana late Friday and boosted a pair of satellites into space for a seven-year plunge into the inner solar system, a voyage requiring seven planetary flybys to slow down enough in the sun’s gravitational clutches to slip into orbit around hellish Mercury.
Photos: BepiColombo stacked for launch to Mercury
Live coverage: Probe heading to Mercury blasts off from French Guiana
Arianespace aims for busy second half of 2018
JWST launch slips to early 2019
Extra testing of the James Webb Space Telescope and delays in assembling the powerful observatory will push back the $10 billion mission’s launch by at least six months to early 2019, officials announced last week as the telescope successfully completed an extensive performance test inside a cryogenic vacuum chamber in Houston.