Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2013
By Kadri
On 19. December at 9:12 GMT The spacecraft Gaia was launched on a Soyus 2 rocket from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

Gaia spacecraft is an all-European mission with the goal of making the biggest and most precise three-dimensional map of the Milky Way galaxy by measuring the distances, movements, brightnesses etc. of a billion stars in our Galaxy.

It will go to the Second Lagrange point with a five-year mission. During that time it will observe each object 70 times and will be able to discover exoplanets and brown dwarves, but also asteroids in the Solar System.

Gaia mission is expected to cost around 740 million euros (about 1 billion USD).

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