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Gaia enters its operational orbit

08/01/2014

Gaia enters its operational orbit

  • Categoría Astronomía
  • ESA's billion-star surveyor Gaia is now in its operational orbit around a gravitationally stable virtual point in space called ‘L2', 1.5 million km from Earth.
    , Gaia has been travelling towards L2 since 19 December, when, just before dawn local time, it was spectacularly launched from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
    , A day later, Gaia performed an important thruster burn to set course to its destination. Last night, a critical manoeuvre boosted Gaia into its 263 000 x 707 000 x 370 000 km, 180 day-long orbit around L2. A small course correction will be made next week to complete the manoeuvre.

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