The BepiColombo spacecraft will be frozen, toasted and exposed to intense radiation on its way to the planet.
The tiny planet is built kind of like a peanut M&M.
“Mercury is just so weird and so exotic compared to the Moon and other terrestrial planets,” Kathleen Vander Kaaden, a planetary scientist at the engineering company Jacobs Engineering Group working on a contract at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Texas, told Newsweek.
The planet is likely the densest Earth-sized planet ever found.
“There would be no environmental problem if everything remained frozen, but we know the Earth is getting warmer."
The planet Mercury was the key for this latest feat.
After four years in orbit around Mercury, the spacecraft is “out of fuel and under gravity’s spell.”
Scientists recommend eating younger, smaller fish.