Billion-pixel array

Billion-pixel array on the Galaxy-mapping mission - Digital cameras, digital camera reviews, photography views and news newsJuly 9, 2011 - 07:45 GMT
The largest digital camera that ever has been built for a space mission is put together from 106 CCDs, advanced versions of chips within standard digital cameras. The resulting billion-pixel array will serve as the super-sensitive eye of ESA's Galaxy-mapping Gaia mission. While the naked human eye can see several thousand stars on a clear night, Gaia will map a billion stars on its journey within our own Milky Way Galaxy and its neighbors over the course of its five-year mission that will commence in 2013...More