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BepiColombo Science Investigations During Cruise and Flybys at the Earth, Venus and Mercury

Valeria Mangano 1 Melinda Dósa 2 Markus Fränz 3 Anna Milillo 1 Joana S. Oliveira 4 Yeon Joo Lee 5 Susan Mckenna-Lawlor 6 Davide Grassi 1 Daniel Heyner 7 Alexander S. Kozyrev 8 Roberto Peron 1 Jörn Helbert 9 Sebastien Besse 10 Sara de La Fuente 11 Elsa Montagnon 12 Joe Zender 4 Martin Volwerk 13 Jean-Yves Chaufray 14 James A. Slavin 15 Harald Krüger 3 Alessandro Maturilli 9 Thomas Cornet 11 Kazumasa Iwai 16 Yoshizumi Miyoshi 16 Marco Lucente 1 Stefano Massetti 1 Carl A. Schmidt 17 Chuanfei Dong 18 Francesco Quarati 19 Takayuki Hirai 20 Ali Varsani 13 Denis Belyaev 8 Jun Zhong 21 Emilia K. J. Kilpua Bernard V. Jackson 22 Dusan Odstrcil 23 Ferdinand Plaschke 13 Rami Vainio 24 Riku Järvinen 25, 26 Stavro Lambrov Ivanovski 27 Ákos Madár 2 Géza Erdős 2 Christina Plainaki 28 Tommaso Alberti 1 Sae Aizawa 29 Johannes Benkhoff 4 Go Murakami 30 Eric Quémerais 14 Harald Hiesinger 31 Igor G. Mitrofanov 8 Luciano Iess 32, 33 Francesco Santoli 1 Stefano Orsini 1 Herbert Lichtenegger 13 Gunther Laky 13 Stas Barabash 34 Richard Moissl 10 Juhani Huovelin 23 Yasumasa Kasaba 35 Yoshifumi Saito 30 Masanori Kobayashi 20 Wolfgang Baumjohann 13
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Abstract : The dual spacecraft mission BepiColombo is the first joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to explore the planet Mercury. BepiColombo was launched from Kourou (French Guiana) on October 20th, 2018, in its packed configuration including two spacecraft, a transfer module, and a sunshield. BepiColombo cruise trajectory is a long journey into the inner heliosphere, and it includes one flyby of the Earth (in April 2020), two of Venus (in October 2020 and August 2021), and six of Mercury (starting from 2021), before orbit insertion in December 2025. A big part of the mission instruments will be fully operational during the mission cruise phase, allowing unprecedented investigation of the different environments that will encounter during the 7-years long cruise. The present paper reviews all the planetary flybys and some interesting cruise configurations. Additional scientific research that will emerge in the coming years is also discussed, including the instruments that can contribute.
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Valeria Mangano, Melinda Dósa, Markus Fränz, Anna Milillo, Joana S. Oliveira, et al.. BepiColombo Science Investigations During Cruise and Flybys at the Earth, Venus and Mercury. Space Science Reviews, Springer Verlag, 2021, 217, pp.23. ⟨10.1007/s11214-021-00797-9⟩. ⟨insu-03139759⟩

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