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Earth: Gaea, Tellus
Greek: Gaea (goddess)
Latin: Tellus (goddess)
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Gaia (Greek), Gaea, Terra, Tellus (Latin) (proper noun)
1. The "earth mother" or "mother earth": Gaia is the embodiment of the Earth as being fertile, encouraging, supporting and loving mother.
2. A Gaia space craft that is on a "Gaia mission" whose main goal is to make the largest, most precise three-dimensional map of our Galaxy by surveying an unprecedented one per cent of its population of 100 billion stars.

Astronomers will have the challenge of dealing with a flood of data when Gaia begins its work in 2012. Even after being compressed by software, the data produced by the five-year mission will fill over 30 000 CD ROMs. This data will be transmitted "raw" and they will need processing on Earth to turn it into a calibrated set of measurements that can be freely used by the astronomical community.

—Compiled from information provided by the
European Space Agency (ESA).

For more details about Gaia or Gaea, go to Earth, Words from the Myths.

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(Modern Latin: tellus, the "earth"; metal)