BepiColombo orbiters take off for Mercury tonight

By bepicolombo, engadget, europeanspaceagency, Japan, mercury, planets, rocketlaunch, space, spaceexploration, spacelaunch, spacemission, tomorrow, video

If you’ve ever wondered what’s happening over on Mercury, you’ll have an answer soon. Well, soon-ish. BepiColombo, a joint effort between the space agencies of Europe and Japan, will send off a spacecraft Friday night at about 9:45 PM ET with the des…

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Touring the solar system with a new book of NASA photos

By billnye, book, engadget, gear, jupiter, mercury, nasa, nirmalanataraj, saturn, solarsystem, space, thebigpicture, thenewbigpicture, theplanets

It’s easy to get jaded by images of our solar system, especially when NASA probes like Cassini make it look so routine. A new book called The Planets, written and curated by Nirmala Nataraj with a forward by Bill Nye and featuring hundreds of stunnin…

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