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Gaia Arrived In French Guiana Today
2013-08-23 07:44:51

ESA’s billion-star surveyor, Gaia, departed yesterday evening from Toulouse and arrived early this morning in French Guiana.

Listening Stations In Deep-space Gain Hearing Boost
2013-07-18 09:13:50

Picking up ultra-weak signals from spacecraft exploring deep in our Solar System requires cooling a detector to within a few degrees of absolute zero. Thanks to ESA’s support, the technology is now available in Europe for the first time.

Liverpool Telescope Successor In The Works
2013-07-02 04:32:37

The scientific community is designing a successor to the 2-meter Liverpool Telescope (LT) located on La Palma.

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

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.

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

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.

Gaia Mission To Detect Ultra-cool Dwarfs In The Milky Way
2013-02-14 05:47:05

There are small subsets of stars among the hundred billion in the Milky Way called ultra-cool dwarfs, which have a temperature below 2500 Kelvin.

Tests Completed For Gaia Launcher Separation and Payload Module Acceptance Vibration
2012-10-30 09:54:41

Testing of the separation of the Gaia Service Module from its Launch Vehicle Adapter has been completed, as have the acceptance vibration tests on the Payload Module.

Instruments Installed, Gaia Ready For Testing
2012-09-17 07:54:53

The payload module of ESA’s billion-star surveyor Gaia is integrated and ready for the next stage of rigorous testing it must undergo before launch next year.

Heat Dialed Down On ESA’s Billion-star Surveyor
2012-09-10 08:52:12

ESA’s Gaia mission to survey a billion stars has passed a grueling test to prove it can withstand the extreme temperatures it will experience in space when it is launched next year.

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

ESA announced on Monday that its Gaia billion-star surveyor's main antenna's test is running on schedule.


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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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