In April, Earth waved goodbye to the Bepi Colombo spacecraft bound for Mercury,media reported. In the process, Bepi Colombo took some beautiful pictures of our planet. On Wednesday, local time, the European Space Agency (ESA) released a moving image showing the spacecraft disappearing into the distance. From April 13 to May 5, BepiColombo started at a distance of 800,000 miles and then increased to 5 million miles.
From this dynamic, you can see BepiColombo’s solar array and the earth in the distance — but because the Earth is so small that it’s more visible, ESA has released a second version, which includes an enlarged Earth.
BepiColombo is a joint mission between ESA and JAXA, which consists of two spacecraft sailing together. Scientists hope it will help humans solve unresolved mysteries about Mercury’s composition, environment and magnetic field.
The spacecraft, launched in late 2018, is currently making the long journey to Mercury, where it is expected to arrive in 2025. In April, it made a close-up flight over Earth in order to get into the right orbit and reach the deepest planet in the solar system.