Artist's rendering of BepiColombo making a flyby of Earth


ESA's BepiColombo spacecraft enters the record books as it fires up its four ion thrusters for the first time. On November 20, 2018 at at 12:33 pm CET (11:33 GMT), the first of the thrusters that make up the most powerful solar electric propulsion system ever to be launched into space went into Thrust Mode, generating a force of 75 mN and on Sunday, the unmanned Mercury probe used two of its thrusters to carry out its first course maneuver.

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