Gaia in the UK

Taking the Galactic Census

Launch videos

Time-lapse film Soyuz flight VS06 with Gaia

Soyuz with Gaia thumbnail
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.
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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.
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Gaia: from launch to orbit

The animation shows Gaia's launch and journey to its operating orbit.
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