october 19 2018 Bepicolombo begins its seven years journey to the smallest and least explored terrestrial planet in our Solar System.
When it arrives at Mercury in late 2025, it will endure temperatures in excess of 350 °C and gather data during its 1 year nominal mission.
The mission comprises two spacecraft: the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO). BepiColombo is a joint mission between ESA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), executed under ESA leadership.
I have been extremely lucky to by chosen by Arianespace to create a poster of this event.