ESA’s billion-star surveyor Gaia is slowly being brought into focus. The test image released today by ESA shows a dense cluster of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way.
Gaia UK news
On 14 January 2014, following a short thruster burn just after 15:30 GMT (16:30 CET), Gaia reached its operational Lissajous orbit around L2.
This video of Gaia was captured last night by Nick James, based in the UK. According to the information published on Gaia blog, the video was acquired by Nick at about 01:00 GMT this morning in Chelmsford.
The first images of Gaia on her journey are available.
Gaia was launched today at 09:12:19 UTC from the European Spaceport in Kourou in French Guiana.
ESA has unveiled Gaia logo which be put on the launcher fairing.
Gaia pre-launch press conference will be held in the lecture theatre at Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) in London on Tuesday 26 November.
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