BepiColombo - Mission to Mercury
Launch date: 20 October 2018
Launching in 2018, reaching Mercury orbit seven years later, BepiColombo is the European-Japanese mission that will change our understanding of the innermost planet. One of its key instruments was designed and built at the University of Leicester.
Only the third ever mission to the innermost planet.
The Leicester-built spectrometer that will travel to Mercury.
Find out about the University of Leicester academics whose combined expertise created MIXS and who will analyse the data it sends back.
BepiColombo is due to launch at 0245 BST on Saturday 20 October. Watch the ESA live stream here, starting 0215.
Our Physics and Astronomy blogger on being taught by leading researchers.
What is the MIXS instrument? What will it measure and what can that tell us about the planet Mercury?