The BepiColombo device sent the first images of the surface of Mercury

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The European spacecraft BepiColombo, launched from Earth in 2018, approached the planet Mercury. As a result, he transmitted the first images of its surface to Earth.

How informs European Space Agency (ESA), the device made the first of six planned flights over the planet at about 11:34 pm GMT on Friday (02:34 Moscow time on Saturday) at an altitude of about 200 kilometers. Images of the planet’s northern hemisphere were taken from a distance of 2,420 kilometers.

The images show craters on the planet’s surface. During Saturday, images from an altitude of 200 km should be received on an ongoing basis. For this, the cameras of the device were used to provide black and white images with a resolution of 1024 x 1024 pixels.

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