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Journey to a billion suns – world premiere of planetarium show

Wed, 2014-01-08 13:00

A new planetarium show, Journey to a billion Suns, premieres today in Hamburg, Germany, to tell the fascinating story of mapping the Milky Way, from ancient times to ESA’s recently launched Gaia mission.

Gaia enters its operational orbit

Wed, 2014-01-08 07:15

ESA’s billion-star surveyor Gaia is now in its operational orbit around a gravitationally stable virtual point in space called ‘L2’, 1.5 million km from Earth.

Liftoff for ESA’s billion-star surveyor

Thu, 2013-12-19 10:45

ESA PR 44-2013: ESA’s Gaia mission blasted off this morning on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on its exciting mission to study a billion suns.

Liftoff replay

Thu, 2013-12-19 10:05

Watch a replay of ESA's billion-star surveyor Gaia launching into space at 09:12 GMT/10:12 CET this morning

Gaia has ticket to ride

Wed, 2013-12-18 15:00

ESA’s Gaia mission to survey a billion stars is ‘go’ for launch. The satellite has passed its final checks and is ready to be launched tomorrow from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou.

Mission control ready for Gaia launch

Tue, 2013-12-17 08:28

Shortly after a powerful Soyuz launcher lofts Gaia, ESA’s new star mapper, into space on Thursday, teams on the ground will establish initial radio contact. Even then, tension will run high in ESA’s mission control as Gaia must still perform a critical automatic sequence.

Gaia secured inside fairing

Fri, 2013-12-13 09:21

ESA’s billion-star surveyor Gaia, less than a week from launch, is now tucked up inside the fairing that will protect it during the first few minutes of ascent into space.

Call for Media: ESA’s Galaxy-mapping Gaia ready for launch

Thu, 2013-12-12 16:22

The European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite is ready for launch on 19 December at 09:12 GMT (10:12 CET). The launch will be covered live from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana for broadcasters and on the web, and can be followed at local events in Europe.   

Inside Gaia’s camera

Thu, 2013-12-12 09:33

How Gaia’s billion-pixel camera will study a billion stars

Gaia back in time

Fri, 2013-12-06 08:23

Step back in time and explore the Gaia mission’s historical roots with our new series of articles on the history of astrometry, the ancient science of charting the sky

Guide to our Galaxy

Thu, 2013-11-21 09:06

Take a virtual journey from the centre to the outskirts of the Milky Way

Gaia launch postponement update

Wed, 2013-10-23 16:00

Yesterday, the decision was taken to postpone the launch of ESA’s Gaia mission after a technical issue was identified in another satellite already in orbit.

Gaia launch campaign

Thu, 2013-10-10 14:48

Latest spacecraft pictures from Kourou

Gaia blog

Wed, 2013-08-21 08:08

Launch campaign and commissioning