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Gaia – The World’s Most Advanced Star Mapper, Prepared for Launch

12 May 2012, 12:06 UTC
Gaia – The World’s Most Advanced Star Mapper, Prepared for Launch
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(Source: British Interplanetary Society)
Speaker: Victoria Hodges
Date: 30 May 2012
Start Time: 7 pm
End Time: 8:30 pm
Venue: 27/29 South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1SZ
The Gaia Spacecraft, due for launch in 2013 is a cornerstone ESA Astronomy mission designed to map 1 billion objects within our Galaxy. In this talk we will explore the objectives of this ground breaking mission including its background and how scientists hope to be able to make use of the data that Gaia will provide. Additionally we will discover the Spacecraft itself including the truly remarkable instrument which will make the mission possible and challenges that such a mission poses for Spacecraft design.
See BIS website for details and bookings

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