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ESA's 3D Star-Mapping Satellite Gaia Moving To Launch Facility
2013-06-27 16:09:26

[WATCH VIDEO: Gaia Scanning The Sky] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Gaia spacecraft is ready for departure to its launch site in French Guiana. Gaia will be embarking on a five-year mission to map the stars and create a highly accurate 3D map of our Milky Way galaxy. ESA said the spacecraft has completed final preparations in Europe and is ready to depart to its final pit stop on Earth before launch. The billion-star surveyor...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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