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November 13 2012

Europe’s 'flying fridge’ to explore Mercury is unveiled


With a price tag of almost £500 million, it is certainly not your average refrigerator. But then not many fridges have to operate while orbiting one of the hottest planets in our solar system.

This is the challenge awaiting the BepiColumbo spacecraft, which is due to be launched by the European Space Agency in just over a year to begin a 48 million mile journey to Mercury, the smallest and closest planet to our Sun.

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