Prof. David Rothery, The Open University
In October 2018 a European and a Japanese orbiter will be launched together, designed to study Mercury from complementary orbits. The mission is called BepiColombo. The European orbiter will con-centrate on the planet’s surface and interior, whereas the Japanese orbiter will focus on the magnetic field. NASA’s recent MESSEN-GER orbiter showed us what a weird place Mercury is, with a long and complex history of volcanic eruptions and faulting of its crust. Surprisingly, for a planet so close to the Sun, its surface is rich in volatile elements. BepiColombo’s UK-led X-ray spectrometer will study these, and the dispersed products of explosive volcanic erup-tions.
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