Monthly Archives: December 2013

Gaia Launches Successfully

Gaia launch

Gaia launch

At 6:12 am local time on 19 December, 2013, a Soyuz rocket carrying ESA’s Gaia spacecraft launched from French Guiana. Gaia was successfully sent into a solar orbit, at the Earth-Sun L2 point.

And so begins a five year mission to map the Galaxy. It’s hard to know for sure what discoveries Gaia will make, but it is clear that we will learn a great deal about the Galaxy.