This Spacecraft You've Never Heard of Could "Revolutionize Astronomy"

Amid a series of setbacks with NASA’s James Webb Telescope, the astronomy community is understandably bummed. This much-hyped ‘scope could allow scientists to peer into the atmospheres of exoplanets like the ones found in TRAPPIST-1 with unprecedented detail. The problem is, the mission is having a really hard time getting off the ground, literally and figuratively.

But the second data release from a European Space Agency project — aptly named Gaia, after the ancient Greek goddess of

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