BepiColombo spacecraft’s final glimpse of Earth

The BepiColombo spacecraft takes a final look at Earth following a gravity-assist flyby of our planet.

Earth, as seen by the Bepi Colombo spacecraft. Credit: ESA/BepiColombo/MTM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

A thin crescent receding into the distance is BepiColombo’s last view of Earth as it makes its way to the smallest and innermost planet of the Solar System, Mercury.

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This image was captured on 10 April 2020 as the spacecraft completed a gravity-assist flyby of our planet.

Having already travelled almost 1.4 billion kilometres since its launch in October 2018, the flyby was one of several gravity-assist manoeuvres the ESA/JAXA spacecraft must make in order to hit Mercury’s orbit in December 2025.

Find out more about the BepiColombo mission.

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Observatory BepiColombo spacecraft

Release date 10 April 2020

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Image credit ESA/BepiColombo/MTM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO