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Gaia Orbits Nothing
2014-01-15 13:51:10

The ESA's Gaia spacecraft made a final, modest adjustment yesterday afternoon to keep it on track for its orbit around nothing.

Gaia Ready For Operational Orbit
2014-01-08 12:24:20

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that its billion-dollar orbiting observatory Gaia is in its operational orbit and ready to begin surveying the stars.

World Premiere Of Planetarium Show 'Journey To A Billion Suns'
2014-01-08 11:12:27

A new planetarium show, Journey to a billion Suns, premieres today in Hamburg, Germany, to tell the fascinating story of mapping the Milky Way, from ancient times to ESA’s recently launched Gaia mission.

Gaia Ready For Launch
2013-12-18 11:51:38

ESA’s Gaia mission to survey a billion stars is ‘go’ for launch. The satellite has passed its final checks and is ready to be launched tomorrow from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou.

Mission Control Is Ready For Launch Of Gaia
2013-12-17 13:10:17

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.

Gaia Secured Inside Fairing And Ready For Launch
2013-12-13 12:53:09

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.

Milky Way Seen More Clearly Than Ever Thanks To New 3D Map Of The Stars
2013-11-29 04:10:22

The Milky Way galaxy recently got a little easier to understand. A group of astronomers created a new 3D map of the stars that reside in the center of the Milky Way which shows, more clearly than ever, the bulge located at the core of our galaxy.

Gaia Mission Postponed Glitch
2013-10-24 10:33:57

The European Space Agency (ESA) has delayed the launch of its Gaia mission due to a glitch found in another satellite already in orbit.

ESA's Gaia Star-Mapping Mission Set For November Launch
2013-10-21 13:09:41

The European Space Agency's Gaia mission will be launching from Europe's spaceport in Kourou on November 20 with the goal of mapping out the stars in the universe like never before.


Latest Gaia Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Draco (dragon or serpent) Constellation -- Location: Northern Hemisphere; Coordinates: Right Ascension: 17h; Declination: +65; Source: Creation and dragon myths from Greek, Roman, eastern Mediterranean, Middle East, Indian and Norse cultures Two circumstances lie behind the multitude of myths associated with Draco. First, due to the precession of the Earth, Draco's star Thuban was the pole star approximately 4000 years ago. It would have seemed to ancient sky watchers that the Earth...

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