Naming the MMO and sending your message to Mercury!

BepiColombo is a joint mission between ESA and JAXA, led by ESA, to explore Mercury. The mission consists of two planetary orbiters: JAXA's MMO (Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter) and ESA's MPO (Mercury Planetary Orbiter).

Launch is scheduled for October 2018.

It has long been the intention of the MMO project members to give MMO a "real" name and replace the original, somewhat dry and technical designation.

We are looking for the right name for the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO), whose upcoming launch is in October 2018, that will give a relatable and familiar nickname so that everyone can follow our journey to Mercury.

The person who suggests the selected name will receive a certificate and souvenir!

We are also searching for people all over the world who are passionate about BepiColombo's journey to explore Mercury to provide messages, illustrations, audio, video and other media. A selection of these will be recorded and loaded onto the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) before it begins the journey towards our Solar System's innermost planet. We are looking for messages as glowing as the incandescent planet of Mercury!

Entries should be submitted via the online:
Deadline for entries: 10:00 JST on 9th April, 2018