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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...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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