Watch the BepiColombo spacecraft zoom past Mercury in this new video


The European and Japanese BepiColombo spacecraft made the closest ever measurements of the magnetic field of Mercury above the planet’s southern hemisphere as it zoomed past, snapping epic selfies along the way.

European Space Agency (ESA) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) scientists are still processing the data that will present the first tiny contribution of the BepiColombo mission to the unravelling of the mysteries of the smallest and innermost planet of the solar system.