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Europe, Japan ready spacecraft for 7-year journey to Mercury

BERLIN --- Final preparations were underway Friday for the launch of a joint mission by European and Japanese space agencies to send twin probes to Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun. An Ariane 5 rocket is scheduled to lift the BepiColombo spacecraft into orbit from French Guiana late Friday, after which it will begin its seven-year journey to the solar system s innermost planet. The European Space Agency said the 1.3 billion-euro ($1.5 billion) BepiColombo mission is one of the most challe

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