ESA’s science program committee has approved a rescoping of the Bepi­Colombo mission to Mercury and €970 million ($1.45 billion) for Europe’s share of the program, being undertaken with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency. Mass and technology problems, in particular related to solar arrays, had led agency heads to push back launch to mid-2014 and consider scuttling the project altogether. Agency managers are now confident technology issues can be resolved and the mission completed ...


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