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Close to the sun Unravelling the secrets of Mercury

In 2015 the European Space Agency will launch its BepiColombo mission to Mercury. It will take the spacecraft over six years to reach the planet. Bern University is responsible for one of the biggest experiments on board.

The BepiColombo’s Laser Altimeter Experiment BELA will be used to gather information about the topography of the solar system’s least explored planet. (Michele Andina,