Gaia Satellite lifts off

A satellite that has been launched into orbit around the sun today was partly built in Stevenage.

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Stevenage scientists celebrate successful Gaia launch

Scientists in Stevenage are celebrating the successful launch of the most powerful space telescope ever built.

Gaia will travel four times the distance of the moon to map the precise positions and distances of a billion stars.

The European Space Agency's five year mission will help scientists understand how the Milky Way galaxy is built up.

Much of the work on the satellite was carried out at Astrium in Stevenage.

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