With the successful launch of the next generation space astrometry mission Gaia* in December 2013, this paper is going to provide an overview and status of this mission after its first half year of operations in space. We will provide a summary of the performed commissioning activities, the obtained findings, and how these first months of working on real data is impacting the DPAC operational concepts. The results will also provide a first glimpse of what Gaia will deliver in its future catalog releases.
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S. Els ; T. Lock ; G. Comoretto ; G. Gracia ; W. O'Mullane, et al.
The commissioning of Gaia
", Proc. SPIE 9150, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VI, 91500A (August 4, 2014); doi:10.1117/12.2056095; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2056095