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ESA's Gaia Mission Launches to Map the Milky Way - Universe Today
Early this morning, at 09:12 UTC, the cloudy pre-dawn sky above the coastal town of Kourou, French Guiana was brilliantly sliced by the fiery exhaust of a Soyuz VS06, which ferried ESA’s “billion-star surveyor” Gaia into space to begin its five-year mission to map the Milky Way. Ten minutes after launch, after separation of the first three … Continue reading "ESA’s Gaia Mission Launches to Map the Milky Way"