BepiColombo's long journey begins from the European spaceport at Kourou, French Guiana, where liftoff on an Ariane 5 rocket is scheduled for 6:45 p.m.
"We really need to understand Mercury better", said David Rothery, professor of planetary geosciences at the UK Open University.
First, however, the suite of instruments on board the Ariane 5 rocket will have to travel seven years and nine million kilometers to reach their destination.
While MPO will go into an approximately 400 x 1500 km mapping orbit around Mercury, MMO will enter a highly elliptical orbit to study the planet's enigmatically strong magnetic field.
But there will also be the sun's enormous gravity to deal with, and ion thrusters will be used to constantly push back against the pull of our star.
Magnetic fields are generated by a liquid core but given its size, Mercury's should have grown cold and solid by now, as did Mars.
Scientists will be eager to explore previously discovered evidence of water ice on the planet. The probes are equipped with special insulation to cope with temperatures varying from 430 C on the side facing the sun, and minus 180 C in Mercury's shadow. Moreover, some of the instruments created to study Mercury in a particular way can be used in a completely different way at Venus, which has a thick atmosphere compared with Mercury's exposed surface.
The answers they get will shed new light on the origins and evolution of the solar system.
Vehicle crashes up in states first to legalize marijuana
The studies used raw accident data that did not specify that marijuana involvement, due to inconsistent reporting on this factor. Lindstrom said people need to be aware if carrying legally purchased marijuana when flying from Canada to the U.S.
"The planet is whipped by solar winds", a constant torrent of ionised particles bombarding the surface at 500 kilometres per second, said Bousquet. "It is thanks to the global collaboration and the decades of efforts and expertise of everyone involved in the design and building of this incredible machine, that we are now on our way to investigating planet Mercury's mysteries", an ESA statement quoted Worner as saying.
Ariane 5 will be lofting estimated payload mass of 4,241 kg from ELA-3, with spacecraft separation expected 27 minutes into the flight. Europe's Mercury Planetary Orbiter will focus on the surface of the planet, analyzing terrain, surface composition, and the layers of the planet beneath the crust.
Mercedes man Hamilton needs to outscore Vettel by eight points to be sure of his title coronation on Sunday evening. Following the sodden second practice, Vettel told reporters he did slow down for the red flags.
But the caravan is just the most visible face of ongoing migration, which happens regularly with less public work with smugglers. Mexico's peso weakened more than 1.5 percent against the dollar on Thursday, partly driven by Trump's comments, analysts said.
After cops arrived, Jenelle , 26, reportedly declined to ride in the ambulance and instead had a friend drive her to the hospital. Just like she mentioned in the call, Jenelle underwent surgery not too long ago - Septoplasty and Balloon Sinusplasty.
If they decided we are going to play Monday we don't stop to think if it is better to play Monday or not. I want every player to stay OK, with the mentality to prepare, to play and [be] together to win.
He was also prohibited from any receiving guest beside his team of lawyers, a move which effectively cut him off from the world. Assange's lawyer Baltasar Garzon said the demands regarding the cat are "denigrating".
Once you have it up and running, Alexa will automatically whisper responses back to you, depending on if you're whispering or not. Incoming audio signals are broken into ultrashort snippets, and the long short-term memory network processes them in order.
Three of the four public funds had also supported another proposal that sought to remove Zuckerberg as chairman previous year . The proposal is slated for a vote at Facebook's annual shareholder meeting in May 2019.
Jaguars acquire RB Hyde from Browns in trade for draft pick
Per Adam Schefter of ESPN , the Cleveland Browns are trading starting running back Carlos Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars . Johnson will return to his role of 2017, when he topped 1,000 yards rushing and receiving and led the Browns in touchdowns.
NOAA Predicts Mild Michigan Winter Ahead
Precipitation is expected to be above normal across the southern tier of the United States , extending up into the Mid-Atlantic. Northern Florida and southern Georgia have the greatest odds for above-average precipitation during the winter, the NOAA said.
Dodgers don't want to waste any time dispatching Brewers
Pitching in 82-degree sunshine, Kershaw was well-rested and masterful in allowing one run and three hits over seven. The worst-case scenario is that we head into a Red Sox-Dodgers World Series with open questions still unsettled.