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Meet Elsa Montagnon, ESA's Spacecraft Operations Manager for the newly launched ESA/JAXA BepiColombo spacecraft.
Yesterday, just 58 hours after launch of the Mercury-bound mission, Elsa and her team at our mission control centre declared the critical ‘launch and early orbit phase’ complete.
Elsa: “In the next months, teams on ground will be working in 12-hour shifts, including weekends, to get the spacecraft on the right path to the smallest planet of our Solar System.” 📷 ESA/J. Mai
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After their ride to space on the early morning of Saturday, MPO has deployed its antennas and MTM has taken two snapshots of them. The first image shows the back side of the high-gain antenna is clearly seen at the top of the image. On the the second one, the medium-gain antenna and part of the Sun-illuminated antenna boom is clearly seen at the top left; the cone-shaped antenna points to the right. 📸 @europeanspaceagency / BepiColombo / MTM – @creativecommons CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

Hubble Time! 🌌⠀⠀⠀
Just below centre in this image is a formation of galaxies akin to a smiling face! Two yellow-hued blobs hang atop a sweeping arc of light, forming a celestial object known as SDSSJ0952+3434. The lower, arc-shaped galaxy has the characteristic shape of a galaxy that has been gravitationally lensed — its light has passed near to a massive object en route to us, causing it to become distorted and stretched out of shape.
Go to out @instagram Story to learn more.⠀⠀⠀
📸 @europeanspaceagency/ @hubbleesa & @NASA, @creativecommons CC BY 4.0; Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt (@geckzilla)

There they go‼️ 🚀⠀

#BepiColombo lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on an Ariane 5 rocket at 01:45 GMT on 20 October 2018.⠀

If you missed the beginning of the mission, pay a visit to the highlights in our profile for a recap.⠀

📹 @europeanspaceagency / @cnes_france / @arianespace

Minerals of the world, unite! 👷‍♀️ •
Imagine you are on Mars and you stumble upon an interesting rock. The colours, the shape of the crystals and the place where you find it all tell you: there is more to it than meets the eye. Tool in hand, you analyse how light scatters through it. Seconds later you read the following description on the screen: "Jarosite is a potassium and iron bearing hydrated sulphate. It crystallises with acidic groundwater and rain, volcanic hydrothermal activity or from evaporating water. Attention – it may be related to signs of life." •
Go to our @instagram Story to learn the end of this story. •
📸 @europeanspaceagency – R. Shone

Hello from space! 🤳

The #BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module (MTM) has returned its first image from space‼️
The view looks along one of the extended solar arrays, which was deployed earlier this morning and confirmed by telemetry. The structure in the bottom left corner is one of the sun sensors on the MTM, with the multi-layered insulation clearly visible.

Go to our @instagram story to learn more. •
📸 @europeanspaceagency / BepiColombo / MTM – @creativecommons CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

It's time for the #ESAquiz! 🛰⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Do you know the name of Europe's first 3d printer for use in weightlessness?⠀⠀⠀⠀
Write your answers in the comment section 👇 and stay tuned to our @instagram Story for the answer and a shout out!⠀⠀⠀⠀
📸 @europeanspaceagency – G. Porter, @creativecommons CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

While we recover from the successful launch of #BepiColombo, the @copernicus_eu Sentinel-2A satellite takes us to Lake disappointment, @australia. •
Did you know the first antenna capturing a signal coming from a space-borne BepiColombo was in our station in New Norcia⁉️

📸 contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2017), processed by @europeanspaceagency, @creativecommons CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

All set for launch‼️⠀

The Ariane 5 carrying BepiColombo is ready for its scheduled liftoff on 20 October at 1:45 GMT.

Visit out @instagram Story to learn more about this epic mission before it sets off to Mercury.

📸 @europeanspaceagency - S. Corvaja

Next stop, Mercury‼️
With this #FBF enhanced-colour image taken by NASA's Messenger, we are warming up for tonight's launch of #BepiColombo 🚀

Follow the link in our bio to tune in!
📸 @NASA / @johnshopkinsu Applied Physics Laboratory / @carnegiescience

All teams are ready for #BepiColombo‼️

Teams responsible for flying the bold BepiColombo mission to Mercury completed yesterday the last major step in preparation for Saturday’s liftoff — the final pre-launch ‘dress rehearsal’ at our control centre in Darmstadt, Germany.⠀

Follow the link in our bio to watch the launch live on 20 October 2018 at 1:45 GMT⠀

📸 @europeanspaceagency

Fancy a trip around the Solar System⁉️ #Repost @youresa
Happy Space Art Wednesday!⠀⠀⠀
Since Wednesdays are the day of Mercury for ancient Romans and this week were are heading to Mercury with the launch of BepiColombo, @lunallena_astronomia is offering a trip around our Solar System starting from 🇨🇴 ⠀
¡Muchísimas gracias for the trip, Diana!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🎨 Every Wednesday we take a look at the most talented artists of our community and share their space-inspired works.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you like to express your love of space painting, designing, cooking, with music, videos... tag us on @instagram with #yourESA for a chance to be featured!

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