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Gaia secured inside fairing

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Gaia secured inside fairing

13 December 2013 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.

Last week, Gaia was loaded with the propellants it will need to journey to its ‘L2’ destination, a gravitationally stable location 1.5 million km away from Earth, from where it will survey our Milky Way galaxy.

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Inside Gaia’s billion-pixel camera

ESA's Gaia mission will produce an unprecedented 3D map of our Galaxy by mapping, with exquisite precision, the position and motion of a billion stars. The key to this is the billion-pixel camera at the heart of its dual telescope. This animation illustrates how the camera works.

Click here for a more detailed description.

Credit: ESA

Source: ESA - Space in Videos

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Gaia... mapping one billion stars

Gaia is ESA's billion-star surveyor, designed to provide a precise 3D map of our Milky Way galaxy in order to understand its composition, formation and evolution.

Credit: ESA

Source: ESA - Space in Videos

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