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  1. GAIA successful launch on 19 December 2013

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    December 19, 2013

    The European Space Agency’s GAIA satellite was sent aloft by a Soyuz launcher Thursday 19 December from the Guiana Space Centre. The launcher lifted off as scheduled at 10:12 CET and the satellite was released into orbit 42 minutes later. It will now take one month to reach the L2 Lagrange point, a very special point in the Sun-Earth system beyond Earth as seen from the Sun, some 1.5 million km away, 5 times the Earth-Moon distance. The L2 point orbits the Sun with the same period as Earth. GAIA will thus survey the entire galaxy in the space of a year. The Toulouse Space Centre houses one of the 6 European data centres of the GAIA mission, expected to last 5 years.

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  3. GAIA satellite reveals results of its first scan of the Galaxy

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    September 14, 2016

    A thousand days after the launch of the GAIA satellite, ESA and the European Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC) today released the first results of the mission with a Galaxy map of unprecedented accuracy.

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  4. Events Archive

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    August 30, 2016

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  5. System

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    June 24, 2016

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  6. Other Sites

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    August 30, 2016

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  7. Final rehearsal for GAIA teams

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    September 12, 2013

    From 2014, Europe's GAIA satellite will gather billions of items of observational data on stars and other celestial objects in our galaxy. But are the data processing centres ready and able to handle such huge volumes of information on a daily basis? To find out, a dress rehearsal was held in early September.  

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  8. Mission

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    August 30, 2016

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