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 planet.  The 180-foot (55-m), two-stage, liquid-fuel booster, built by ArianeGroup, lifted off at 10:45 p.m. local time (9:45 pm. EDT) to dispatch the BepiColombo spacecraft on a ...

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