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GAIA satellite to launch 19 December
ESA’s GAIA satellite is scheduled to be sent aloft by a Russian Soyuz launcher from the Guiana Space Centre on 19 December. GAIA will map more than a billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy with unrivalled precision. One of the mission’s main data processing centres is at CNES in Toulouse.
Liftoff set for 8h52 (UTC)
- Launch date: 19 December 2013
- Launcher version: Soyuz
- Satellite: Gaia
- Customer: ESA
- Launch time: 9h12 (UTC)
- Webcast start time: 8h52 (UTC)
Gaia and Soyouz launcher preparation photo report
Photo report of the key phases of launcher and satellite preparations in French Guiana.