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Space photos of the day: Mercury

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The handout photo made available by EADS Astrium in 2008 shows a computer simulation of satellite 'BepiColombo' orbiting Mercury. The satellite is scheduled to be launched in 2013 and shall reach its destination in 2019. Among other scientific goals, scientists want to obtain high resolution photos of the surface of the sun's nearest planet.

PHOTO: EADS Astrium/Newscom

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