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10/07/2017 Gaia wishes New Horizons success!

Gaia wishes the NASA New Horizons team lots of success in the observation of the stellar occultation by MU69 today and on 17 July. More information on the occultation campaigns can be found here.

06/07/2017 Data Release Scenario Update

While Gaia DR2 is being processed, DPAC has looked into releases thereafter. By doing operational processing toward Gaia DR2, the knowledge of execution times can now be much better estimated. The major lesson learned is that for making a scientifically significant step forward, a reasonable time between releases is 2 rather than 1 year. A new release scenario for the nominal mission phase has been elaborated containing all the earlier planned elements, with releases in April 2018 (Gaia DR2), mid to end 2020 (Gaia DR3) and end 2022 (Gaia DR4). The anticipated contents can be found from the updated data release page.

30/06/2017 Asteroid Day

On Asteroid Day we would like to draw your attention to the Gaia Follow-Up Network for Solar System Objects (FUN-SSO). About 600 potential discoveries of Solar System Objects have been reported up till now. Anyone at the right place on Earth at the right time with the right size of telescope can help confirm these potential discoveries. A list of active alerts can be found here.

If you subscribe to the network, you can enter your location and telescope details. There is an active call at the moment for following-up on a candidate! Grab your chance and be the first to confirm!

26/06/2017 European Week of Astronomy and Space Science

Today the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS 2017) took off with a news item on hypervelocity stars caught by Gaia. Join one of the plenty presentations sharing exciting Gaia science and certainly do not forget the plenary by Gaia DPAC chair Anthony Brown tomorrow at 11:30.

23/06/2017 Two Arthur C. Clarke Awards for Gaia teams

We are proud to announce that our Gaia teams won two Arthur C. Clarke awards, also known as Arthurs. The Industry/Project Team award went to Airbus Defence and Space "For the successful design and manufacture of the Gaia spacecraft and telescope which for the last 3 years has been accurately measuring the location and motion of the stars”.

The second award was given to the UK Gaia Science Team. They won the Space Achievement - Academic Study/Research award "For its role in processing and analysing data from the Gaia star mapping mission as its contribution to the European Data Processing and Analysis Consortium”.

This latter award was presented by UK/ESA Astronaut Tim Peake to Gerry Gilmore (UK Gaia PI), Martin Barstow and Simon Hodgkin, who received it on behalf of the wider UK team. The award is made of glass, and is based on the monolith in Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, with the same proportions (1:4:9).

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