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Gaia space telescope is operational

According to the European Space Agency (ESA), the European telescope has a mission to map the Milky Way in 3D and in spite of obstacles occurred previously, it is now functional.

"Gaia is now ready to begin the scientific phase, but commissioning revealed several unexpected abnormalities," said Space Agency.

Although there were a number of delaying factors, a "catalog of the sky" updated with data provided by Gaia, will be completed and published in the summer of 2016.

Gaia began its journey on December 19, 2013, launched by a Soyuz rocket from the Guiana Space Centre and currently tracking the movement of our planet in its revolution move around the Sun.

The mission was scheduled for five-year at a cost of Euro 740 million. Gaia will locate about one billion stars, each one of them for 70 times, for each pass in front of the satellite.

The telescope will determine the position and movement of the stars, and their distance from Earth. For 99% of them, this distance was not measured accurately yet.