The Gaia mission

@article{Eyer2013TheGM,
  title={The Gaia mission},
  author={Laurent Eyer and Berry Holl and Dimitri Pourbaix and Nami Mowlavi and Christos Siopis and Fabio Barblan and D. W. Evans and Pierre L. North},
  journal={Astronomy and Astrophysics},
  year={2013},
  volume={595},
  pages={1-36}
}
Gaia is a cornerstone mission in the science programme of the EuropeanSpace Agency (ESA). The spacecraft construction was approved in 2006, following a study in which the original interferometric concept was changed to a direct-imaging approach. Both the spacecraft and the payload were built by European industry. The involvement of the scientific community focusses on data processing for which the international Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (DPAC) was selected in 2007. Gaia was… 
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