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European satellite launch

A handout photo released by the European Space Agency on Dec. 19 shows the launch of a Soyuz rocket carrying the agency's $1.3-billion satellite Gaia from French Guiana. The satellite will provide precise measurements of about 1 billion stars in the Milky Way.Stephane Corvaja / AFP/Getty Images