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        12/19/2013, Tevet 16, 5774

      Gaia Telescope Lifts Off on Thursdsay


      Euronews reports a cutting edge, billion-pixel camera was launched into space on the world-famous Gaia telescope in an effort to learn more about the origin of the universe.

      Gaia lifted off from French Guyana on Thursday morning, charged with mapping the Milky Way in closer detail than ever before, says Euronews.

      Designed and built for the European Space Agency, Euronews notes Gaia is so sensitive that it can detect the width of a single human hair from a distance of a thousand kilometres.

      The mission’s primary aim is to build a three-dimensional map of our galaxy, and to discover ten thousand planets beyond our solar system, adds Euronews.