Pinpointing the Milky Way - The Formidable Challenge of Processing Gaia's Data
Publication date: 15 November 2007
Authors: Douglas, J. et al.
Journal: ESA Bulletin
In the course of Gaia's 5-year astronomical survey, the equivalent of around 20 000 DVDs of raw information on our Galaxy will be harvested and transmitted to Earth. Sophisticated processing is needed to distill this flood of complex data into the final Gaia Catalogue of about 1000 million celestial objects. A group of more than 300 European scientists and software developers is rising to the challenge: the Data Processing and Analysis Consortium is already preparing for Gaia's launch in 2011.Link to publication