from the ten-four-good-buddy dept.
Devar writes "Japan and the European Space Agency have revealed their plans for a joint mission to Mercury that would be the first to land a probe on its surface. The mission also includes two orbiters to map the surface, all due to be launced in 2010."
The first time, it's a KLUDGE! The second, a trick.
Later, it's a well-established technique!
-- Mike Broido, Intermetrics