Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Status of Gaia

Gaia is performing its mission, taking regular measurements each day!

Here you can view the current detailed mission status.


Schedule:
    •    Gaia was launched on December 19, 2013.
    •    Gaia entered an orbit around the Lagrange point L2 on January 6, 2014.
    •    Commissioning officially ended on July 18, 2014.
    •    Afterwards the regular scientific measurements started (nominal mission: 5 years).
    •    Gaia Data Release 1 (first Gaia catalogue) was published on September 14, 2016.
    •    Gaia Data Release 2 (first Gaia catalogue without using previous catalogues) was published on April 25, 2018. 
    •    End of nominal/start of extended mission: July 17, 2019
    •    Early Gaia Data Release 3 was published on December 3, 2020
    •    Gaia Data Release 3 is expected in the first half of 2020
    •    End of mission: 2023/2024
    •    Gaia Data Release 4 (release of nominal mission): TBD
    •    Gaia Data Release 5 (release of full mission): TBD

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