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Four steps nearer Mercury

The base of ESA's Mercury Transfer Module with its four T6 ion thrusters fully fitted for its 6.5 year journey to Mercury, along with the rest of the BepiColombo spacecraft.

dateSep 07, 2016 in Space Exploration
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Thunderstorms spread mercury pollution

In the southern United States, an afternoon thunderstorm is part of a regular summer day. But new research shows those storms might be doing more than bringing some scary thunder and lightning.

dateAug 31, 2016 in Environment
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The environmental legacy of acid rain

For Stephen Norton, lakes hold a treasure trove of precious scientific information. For the past 40 years, Norton, professor emeritus at the University of Maine, has studied lakes by evaluating sediment cores from around ...

dateAug 10, 2016 in Environment
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How do we colonize Mercury?

Humanity has long dreamed of establishing itself on other worlds, even before we started going into space. We've talked about colonizing the Moon, Mars, and even establishing ourselves on exoplanets in distant star systems. ...

dateAug 04, 2016 in Space Exploration
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Video: Making for Mercury

The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury must withstand extremely harsh conditions while in orbit around the innermost planet of our Solar System: temperatures in excess of 450 C, high ultraviolet and electron and proton ...

dateJul 25, 2016 in Space Exploration
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