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GAIA Mission and Satellite

  1. Oct 1, 2012 #1

    Astronuc

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    The GAIA mission has been mentioned in a few threads. It's supposed to be launched in 2013.

    Gaia overview - http://www.esa.int/export/esaSC/120377_index_0_m.html
    http://www.esa.int/esapub/br/br163/br163.pdf

    ESA Science and Technology: GAIA
    http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/area/index.cfm?fareaid=26

    Gaia Payload Module Integration Completed
    http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=50764

    Sept 17, 2012 - Gaia’s instruments installed and ready for testing
    http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMIJ6DY37H_index_0.html

    http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Operations/SEMK5HZTIVE_0.html

    Tentative date: August 2013?
     
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  3. Oct 2, 2012 #2

    berkeman

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    Interesting. I wonder what they use to keep such accurate track of the pointing direction and orientation...?
     
  4. Oct 2, 2012 #3

    mfb

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    Observations of stars itself and relative measurements between them.
    http://www.ari.uni-heidelberg.de/gaia/documents/Sparseness_structure.pdf [Broken]
     
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