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Status of Gaia

Gaia Status

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

Detailed 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 mission: 2019.
    •    Probably extended mission (1.5 to 5 years)
    •    Gaia Data Release 3: First half of 2021
    •    The final release is planned for 2022.

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