Gaia in the UK

Taking the Galactic Census

Gaia videos

Time-lapse film Soyuz flight VS06 with Gaia

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This time-lapse movie shows Gaia sunshield deployment test, the transfer of the Soyuz from the assembly building to the launch pad and the lift off.
Watch video Time-lapse film Soyuz flight VS06 with Gaia

Inside Gaia's billion-pixel camera

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This animation shows how Gaia's camera works.
Watch video Inside Gaia's billion-pixel camera

Gaia launch highlights

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This video shows the highlights of the launch webcast, including the lift-off from Kourou on 19 December 2013, separation of Gaia and the successful entry into orbit.
Watch video Gaia launch highlights

Can I be part of Gaia?

Find out how you can get involved in Gaia and contribute to new and exciting discoveries in our Galaxy and beyond.
Watch video Can I be part of Gaia?

How do we benefit from space?

What's the pay-off for me?
Watch video How do we benefit from space?

What's the big deal about Gaia?

Just how do you go about creating a 3D map of a galaxy?
Watch video What's the big deal about Gaia?

Why we need Gaia

How old are the stars?
Watch video Why we need Gaia

Gaia's mission: solving the celestial puzzle

Gaia film
A space mission to create the largest, most-accurate, map of the Milky Way in three dimensions will revolutionise our understanding of the galaxy and the universe beyond.
Watch video Gaia's mission: solving the celestial puzzle

Gaia: from launch to orbit

The animation shows Gaia's launch and journey to its operating orbit.
Watch video Gaia: from launch to orbit

Guide to our Galaxy

A virtual journey showing the different components that make up our home galaxy, the Milky Way, which contains about a hundred billion stars.
Watch video Guide to our Galaxy

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