The European Space Agency (ESA) signed a contract with Astrium today to build the mission to Mercury. The mission is lead by BepiColomboESA with support by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). BepiColombo is set to launch in August of 2013 and will be the most comprehensive study of Mercury in history.
1. space beyond the atmosphere of the earth.
prag·ma·tism (prgm-tzm) n. A way of approaching situations or solving problems that emphasizes practical applications and consequences.