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Mission control ready for Gaia launch

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Mission control ready for Gaia launch

17 December 2013 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.

An astrometry mission, Gaia will observe a thousand million stars on average 70 times over a five-year period.

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