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The European Space Agency’s galaxy-mapping spacecraft, Gaia, was originally scheduled to launch in less than a month. It looks like that date will be pushed back, however. The agency posted on the Gaia Blog today:

A new launch date will be announced as soon as the availability of the satellite is confirmed.

Gaia’s last two blog entries described some recent tests the craft underwent, including a “flawless” test of its sunshield.

Gaia Blog

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