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Paper: The Gaia Mission, Binary Stars and Exoplanets
Volume: 496, Living Together: Planets, Host Stars and Binaries
Page: 121
Authors: Eyer, L.; Rimoldini, L.; Holl, B.; North, P.; Zucker, S.; Evans, D. W.; Pourbaix, D.; Hodgkin, S. T.; Thuillot, W.; Mowlavi, N.; Carry, B.
Abstract: On the 19th of December 2013, the Gaia spacecraft was successfully launched by a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana and started its amazing journey to map and characterize one billion celestial objects with its one billion pixel camera. In this presentation, we briefly review the general goals of the mission and describe what has happened since launch, including the Ecliptic Pole scanning mode. We also focus especially on binary stars, starting with some basic observational aspects, and then turning to the remarkable harvest that Gaia is expected to yield for these objects.
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