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18/11/2015 Vacancy: Young Graduate Trainee opportunities in Gaia for 2016

ESA is offering two one-year training contracts to recent graduates to work in the areas of astrophysics/astrometry and spacecraft operations. The successful astrophysics/astrometry applicant will be based at ESTEC (The Netherlands) and will work in the Gaia Project Scientist Support Team. The spacecraft operations applicant will work at ESOC (Germany). An overview of the Young Graduate Trainee programme is available online. The full list of training opportunities is available here. The deadline for applications is 15 December 2015.

16/11/2015 The First Gaia Intermediate Data Release

The contents of the first Gaia Intermediate Data Release have been announced today at the Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC) plenary meeting. The intended release has three elements: 1) The sky positions and broad-band magnitudes of objects with single-star and good astrometric behaviour, 2) Photometric data of selected RR Lyrae and Cepheids from the high-cadence Ecliptic Pole Scanning law period, and 3) Astrometric parameters (positions, parallaxes and proper motions) based on the Tycho-Gaia Astrometric Solution (TGAS; A&A paper) for some 2 million objects in common between the Tycho-2 catalogue and Gaia. The production run for these three elements is underway and is expected to be completed in early 2016. At that point in time a more precise release date will be decided and a validation exercise is started. Only successfully validated data will be released. Updates to the process, schedule and/or contents will be reported on the Data Release Scenario pages.


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