The Hipparcos Mission

  title={The Hipparcos Mission},
  author={Floor van Leeuwen},
  journal={Space Science Reviews},
A review is presented of the European Space Agency's astrometric satellite project Hipparcos, for which the final data catalogues were published in June 1997. The emphasis is on those aspects that have or may have influenced the data as presented in the catalogues. It presents a brief review of the satellite, the aims of the mission with their relation to ground-based astrometry, and the mission history. This is followed by a description of the input data streams and a summary of the data…