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Blast-off for UK-built spacecraft BepiColombo

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Europe’s space agency has launched its first mission to Mercury from its space port in Kourou, French Guiana.

The British-built BepiColombo took off aboard an Ariane 5 rocket at about 2.45am UK time on Saturday.

BepiColombo comprises of two spacecraft: the Mercury Planetary Orbiter and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter.

It is in its first stage of a five billion mile journey to the closest planet to the Sun.

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