Science objectives

BepiColombo

  • Investigate the origin and evolution of a planet close to the parent star
  • Study Mercury's form, interior structure, geology, composition and craters
  • Examine Mercury's exosphere
  • Perform a test of Einstein's theory of general relativity, using Mercury's orbit
  • Investigate the composition and origin of polar deposits

Mio

  • Study why Mercury has a magnetic field when Mars and Venus do not
  • Help to determine the origin of Mercury's magnetic field
  • Study the structure and dynamics of Mercury's magnetic field