Time-out for blog while catalogue production is underway

Gaia mapping the stars of the Milky Way

Credit: ESA/ATG medialab; background: ESO/S. Brunier

We started this blog just over one year ago and what a year it has been! We’ve had the excitement of  the launch, the fabulous first-light image, the challenges of some aspects of commissioning and, more recently, the relief and satisfaction of getting the ‘go’ for science, and even the first of Gaia’s science alerts.

Now that science data have started to flow, the main activity for scientists working on the mission is preparing for the first catalogue release, planned for summer 2016. So while they are busy with that important task, we will take a break on the blog.

But don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that there will be no news or updates about the Gaia mission. You will be able to keep in touch with the mission via our websites (Space Science Portal,  Science & Technology, and Cosmos), and you can also follow the progress of Gaia via Twitter (@ESAGaia) and using the Gaia Mission app (for iPhones) which can be downloaded from iTunes.

Thanks to all of you for following us through this exciting first year!

The Gaia Team and Blog Editors




  • John Fairweather says:

    Attending the RAS talk, at the RAS on Friday 14th November, given by Heather Campbell, I tried to write down the URL of the link she gave, but I missed part of it – I got “http://gaia.ac.uk.selected_gaia.science_clients.com”, but I think I got it wrong – it took me to an index page.

    By the way, there were some engineering problems, when Gaia was launched, regarding the numbers of objects that could be seen – have these been resolved?

  • Ted Swift says:

    So now that DR1 is out, can we expect more substantial posts in the Gaia Blog? Or has that been abandoned in favor of links embedded in Tweets?

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