Mercury Shows Off in Spectacular New Spacecraft View
The small, rocky planet that looks a lot like Earth's moon is the star of the show in a new image from the BepiColombo spacecraft.
BepiColombo is a joint mission from the European Space Agency and Japanese space agency JAXA.
The spacecraft's final destination is Mercury orbit, but it has to get there the long way through a series of flybys
This was BepiColombo's second Mercury flyby out of six scheduled for that planet.
The new Mercury portrait comes from when the spacecraft was about 570 miles (920 kilometers) from Mercury's surface.
Humans haven't sent very many space explorers to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.
BepiColombo will give scientists new views and data to work with as they seek to understand the planet's geology