Photo: esa. intThe BepiColombo probe showed a picture of Mercury
The photo of Mercury was taken on June 23, 2022, when the spacecraft flew past the planet for a gravity maneuver.
The probe of the joint unmanned space mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Agency research (JAXA) called BepiColomb created a new image of Mercury. This is stated in the ESA press release.
“ESA Mission /JAXA BepiColombo captured this remarkable view of Mercury's geologic landscape on June 23, 2022, as a spacecraft flew past the planet for a gravity assist”, – said in the message.
Photo taken at 12:49:22 Kyiv time Mercury Transfer Module’s Monitoring Camera 2. At this time, the space probe was about 920 km from the surface of Mercury. And a few minutes before that, the probe was able to get as close as possible to Mercury at a distance of 200 km.