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GAIA Mission and Satellite

  1. Oct 1, 2012 #1


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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

    ESA Science and Technology: GAIA

    Gaia Payload Module Integration Completed

    Sept 17, 2012 - Gaia’s instruments installed and ready for testing


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


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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


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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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