The BepiColombo standing in position at a test facility in Spijkenisse. Its mission to Mercury is scheduled for launch on an Ariane 5 from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on October 20. Photo: AFP Photo

Countdown begins as Europe and Japan prepare spacecraft for 7-year journey to Mercury

Joint mission will send two unmanned probes into orbit around the closest planet to the sun

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The BepiColombo standing in position at a test facility in Spijkenisse. Its mission to Mercury is scheduled for launch on an Ariane 5 from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on October 20. Photo: AFP Photo
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