1.) Euronews has published an impressive video report outlining the prospects and goals of the Gaia satellite mission of the European Space Agency (ESA). Several managers and scientists (including my boss Carme Jordi) are interviewed to explain the discovery machine that Gaia will become in the near future. There are video versions in several languages available. Here are the most common ones:
2.) There is no new launch date for Gaia fixed yet. As I was told the talks between all companies and organizations involved are ongoing. There are more parties involded in the talks than you might think. Stay tuned for updates.