Gaia: ‘Go’ for science29 July 2014
Gaia: ‘Go’ for science29 July 2014 Following extensive in-orbit commissioning and several unexpected challenges, ESA’s billion-star surveyor, Gaia, is now ready to begin its science mission.
Gaia comes into focus06 February 2014
Gaia comes into focus06 February 2014 ESA’s billion-star surveyor Gaia is slowly being brought into focus. This test image shows a dense cluster of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way.
The experts behind Gaia's arrival at nothingness15 January 2014
The experts behind Gaia's arrival at nothingness15 January 2014 With a final, modest, thruster burn yesterday afternoon, ESA’s billion-star surveyor finalised its entry into orbit around ‘L2’, a virtual point far out in space. But how do you orbit nothing? And who can show you how to get there, anyway?
Journey to a billion suns – world premiere of planetarium show08 January 2014 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 orbit08 January 2014
Gaia enters its operational orbit08 January 2014 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 surveyor19 December 2013
Liftoff for ESA’s billion-star surveyor19 December 2013 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.