Latest Gaia mission Stories

A Look Into The Gaia Mission
2013-06-24 11:07:16

ESA [ Watch The Video Gaia Sunshade Deployment ] Gaia, ESA’s billion-star surveyor, will be launched into space towards the end of this year. In the meantime, ESA Space Science has launched a new ‘minisite’ focused on the Gaia mission. At www.esa.int/gaia you will find the latest news from the mission, as well as background articles explaining the mission objectives, the spacecraft, its heritage and more. You’ll also find links to in-depth reports and journal entries...

Gaia's Antenna Checks Out Under ESA Tests
2012-07-03 04:26:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online ESA announced on Monday that its Gaia billion-star surveyor's main antenna's test is running on schedule. After launching next year, the antenna will send Gaia's science data to Earth from its location about 930,000 miles away from Earth. Gaia is expected to download 200 terabytes of data over its five year mission, which is the equivalent of nearly 45,000 standard DVDs. The ESA spacecraft will be making precise measurements of...

Gaia Spreads Its Wings
2011-12-08 04:30:17

[ Watch the Video ] ESA´s Gaia star-mapper has passed a critical test ahead of its launch in 2013: the spacecraft´s sunshield has been deployed for the first time. Gaia's sunshield is an essential component of the mission. It keeps Gaia in shadow, maintaining the scientific instruments at a constant temperature of around —110°C. The sunshield is about 10 m across, which is too large for the launch vehicle fairing, so it has been built with a dozen folding panels...

2011-07-19 18:34:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Gaia Interactive, the world's most active social gaming community with more than 20 million unique visitors a month, has partnered with Fever Studio, one of South Korea's most prominent social gaming developers. Over the past five years, Fever Studio has developed many noteworthy online and mobile games such as Alchemist TCG. Fever Studio is making a strong impression in the social gaming scene with their first title 'Everytown' which is...

2011-07-06 14:38:47

The largest digital camera ever built for a space mission has been painstakingly mosaiced together from 106 separate electronic detectors. The resulting "billion-pixel array" will serve as the super-sensitive "Ëœeye' of ESA's Galaxy-mapping Gaia mission. While the naked human eye can see several thousand stars on a clear night, Gaia will map a billion stars within our own Milky Way Galaxy and its neighbors over the course of its five-year mission from 2013, charting their...

2011-03-23 07:11:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Gaia Metrics announced today the availability of CSR QuickStart(TM), which dramatically reduces the time, complexity and cost of finding and assembling the words and numbers that populate a Corporate Social Responsibility or Sustainability (CSR) Report. By automating the process of collecting relevant CSR Report data, CSR QuickStart(TM) reduces the time to do so from months to just days, and cuts typical costs by 90 percent or more. Gaia...

2011-01-07 07:00:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Gaia Interactive, owner of Gaia Online, the world's most active social gaming community with more than 8 million unique young adult visitors a month, today announced that it won the 2011 Mashable Award for "Best Website User Experience." Winners were chosen by readers over a three month voting period and awarded at a gala event hosted by Mashable at the 2011 International CES conference in Las Vegas. "Our community is the heart and soul of...

2010-11-24 06:26:35

Another milestone in the development of ESA's Gaia spacecraft has been passed with the successful conclusion of two parallel test programs during October. These tests demonstrated that Gaia's focal plane assembly (FPA) - the 'eyes' of the spacecraft - is structurally and functionally fit for flight. Gaia has been designed to map the entire sky with unprecedented accuracy. Over its 5-year mission, it will repeatedly observe 1 thousand million stars in order to pinpoint their positions and...

2010-10-28 17:25:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Gaia Interactive, owner of Gaia Online, the world's most active social gaming community with more than eight million young adult members, today announced Grave Danger! - Gaia's 2010 Halloween game. The eagerly awaited event attracts thousands of gamers each year for an opportunity to battle evil ghosts and other ghoulish terrors. Players in the game will be tasked with freeing the souls haunting a neglected cemetery. For decades the Omnidrink...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.