Gaia checks out of antenna testing

The 1.5m wide Gaia Antenna Panel, which contains the satellite’s Phased Array Antenna, is seen here inside the Antenna Test Facility at EADS CASA test facility in Madrid.

 

Gaia will be launched in 2013, tasked with surveying a billion stars and creating a 3D map of stars in our Galaxy.

 

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Credits: Astrium–A. Martin, 2012

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Taken on March 20, 2012