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First data from Gaia delayed nine months

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First data from space megacamera delayed nine months

Galaxy mappers will just have to hold tight – a trio of technical troubles means that the first release of data from the Gaia space telescope has been pushed back to the middle of 2016, nine months later than originally planned.

Launched by the European Space Agency (ESA) in December 2013, Gaia will use its 1.5-gigapixel camera to catalogue a billion stars in our galaxy, including stars that are thousands of times fainter than we can see with the naked eye. The telescope is currently 1.5 million kilometres away from Earth, in a spot known as Lagrange point 2, where the gravitational pull of the sun and Earth cancel each other out. The alignment of gravitational forces between Earth and the sun means that any object in this location is always on Earth's night side.

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