Europe Launches Mission to Mercury

Credit: ESA
An Arianespace heavy-lift Ariane 5 ECA rocket lifted off from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana on Oct. 19 to send a pair of European- and Japanese-built orbiters to Mercury for a flagship science mission to learn more about the Solar System’s innermost and least-explored terrestrial...
Irene Klotz

Irene Klotz is Senior Space Editor for Aviation Week, based in Cape Canaveral. Before joining Aviation Week in 2017, Irene spent 25 years as a wire service reporter covering human and robotic spaceflight, commercial space, astronomy, science and technology for Reuters and United Press International.

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