Spacecraft Gets Close to Mercury, Snaps Incredible Images of the Planet's Surface

The BepiColombo spacecraft recently completed its second flyby of the closest planet to our star.

The spacecraft, which is a joint project by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA),

BepiColombo hovered at 200 km (124 miles) above the planet's surface. During the flyby, 

it managed to take up to 56 pictures of the planet with the help of its three monitoring cameras (MCAM)

 MCAM-2 and MCAM-3, which provide black-and-white snapshots, are located on opposite sides of the spacecraft,

Several geological features that BepiColombo will explore in greater detail while in orbit were examined.

BepiColombo also spotted for the first time one of the largest impact basins in the Solar System called Caloris.

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