BepiColombo spacecraft's final glimpse of Earth

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

Published: May 16, 2020 at 8:22 am
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.


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


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


Jane Williamson is a science journalist and writer.

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