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  1. Indonesia:International Charter on Space and Major Disasters swings into action

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    June 7, 2006

    Saturday 27 May, a big earthquake of magnitude 6.3 shook the Yogyakarta region in the south of Java. The same day, the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters was activated at the request of the German Red Cross.

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  2. 2009 will be the International Year of Astronomy

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    January 6, 2009

    Declared the International Year of Astronomy by the United Nations and UNESCO, 2009 will give professional and amateur astronomers alike a chance to share their passion with youngsters and the broader public.

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  3. New CNES website feature focuses on Space and Climate

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    October 13, 2005

    What are the obstacles currently limiting our understanding of global warming? What can Earth observation satellites see that we don’t detect from the ground? Have space technologies given us new insights into the climate processes involved? To mark the launch of the Calipso climate research satellite to study Earth’s atmosphere, CNES is devoting a special multimedia feature to space and climate on its website—giving a new perspective on climate concerns from the high ground of space.

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  4. François Goulard is new Minister for Research

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    June 3, 2005

    François Goulard has succeeded François d’Aubert as Minister for Research and Higher Education. François Goulard was a member of the previous government as Junior Minister for Transport and Maritime Affairs under Gilles de Robien, the Minister for Transport and Public Infrastructure. Mr de Robien has now been appointed Minister for Education, Higher Education and Research in the new government.

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  5. CNES at the 48th Paris Air Show

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    June 17, 2009

    This year’s international air show takes place from 15-21 June at Le Bourget airport. Amidst the 2,000 exhibitors and 140 aircraft on display, CNES’s pavilion presents a resolutely forward-looking vision.

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  6. Balloons monitor the African monsoon

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    August 7, 2006

    This summer, 3 stratospheric balloon campaigns are being conducted in West Africa to study the mechanisms of the African monsoon for the AMMA* international research programme. A press trip was organized to Benin and Niger for a dozen European and African journalists in July to highlight why we need to monitor the monsoon.

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  7. CNES at the Paris Air Show- The week’s highlights

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    June 21, 2005

    The 46th Paris Air Show has been a great success for CNES. The agency held many meetings during the one-week event, strengthening its partnership ties with industry and foreign space agencies. And with the On Earth, in Space exhibition, CNES reached out to the public, detailing its activities and showcasing its main missions. The response from visitors was enthusiastic.

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  8. GEIPAN UAP investigation unit opens its files

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    March 26, 2007

    After 30 years of collating sightings and field investigations, GEIPAN*, the French unit responsible for researching and investigating unidentified aerospace phenomena (UAPs), is putting its archives on line. Making these records available to the public is the culmination of the new policy and focus the unit has adopted in the last few years.

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  9. CNES positions Chinese satellite

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    April 15, 2005

    Teams at the Toulouse Space Centre have been tasked with positioning the Apstar VI telecommunications satellite, launched 12 April from the Xichang launch base in south-west China.

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  10. CNES wins award for satellite collision risk management

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    June 23, 2008

    16 May, CNES engineer François Laporte, based at the Toulouse Space Centre, won the Best Paper of Symposium award at Space Ops 2008 for his contribution on operational management of collision risks for CNES satellites in low-Earth orbit.

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  11. CNES at the Paris Air Show

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    June 8, 2005

    From 13 to 19 June 2005, CNES is at the 46th Paris Air Show. This year, the agency’s exhibition proposes to take professionals and public alike on a unique tour from space to Earth, in tribute to Jules Verne. CNES also has a special website dedicated to the air show, marking the centenary of Jules Verne’s death and celebrating the achievements of this great writer who was passionate about science.

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  12. Envisat and CNES balloons keep track of ozone

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    May 2, 2005

    Depletion of the ozone layer by human-induced chemical emissions is a cause for concern. To keep track of the situation, Europe’s Envisat satellite is studying variations in stratospheric ozone levels. Saturday 7 May, CNES launched a stratospheric balloon to validate the atmospheric measurements Envisat is acquiring from space.

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  13. CNES and Eumetsat sign Jason-2 agreement

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    May 24, 2006

    Last month, Europe (CNES and Eumetsat) and the United States (Nasa and NOAA) signed a cooperation agreement on the Jason-2 programme. The European partners have now signed a new agreement on this ocean surface topography mission.

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  14. New look for CNES

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    March 7, 2006

    On Earth, in Space is the mantra you are used to seeing on the CNES website. Recently, you will have noticed that our logo has received a makeover, too. Now, after a lengthy creative process, our website’s graphic design has been revamped to give the agency a new identity.

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  15. CNES and Aquitaine Regional Council join forces for atmospheric re-entry programmes

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    November 16, 2004

    Atmospheric re-entry represents a key challenge for the space community. Two European projects backed by the Aquitaine Regional Council are currently focusing on this extremely tricky phase of a spaceflight mission, which involves getting a spacecraft—and its crew—through the atmosphere and back to Earth unscathed.

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  16. A CNES-Esa agreement on launcher Soyuz at the Guiana Space Center

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    July 22, 2005

    Soyuz is getting closer to French Guiana! While the alteration work is going on at the Guiana Space Center, French space agency CNES and Esa signed an agreement on the setting up programme. This gives a schedule for the Russian launcher’s installation at Europe’s spaceport. The adjustment for Soyuz begins in Guiana: launching expected in 2008!

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  17. CRISP 2 flies crickets to the ISS

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    May 3, 2005

    It was strange music to the ears of Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori on his taxi flight to the International Space Station, accompanied by 14 female house crickets for the CRISP 2 biology experiment proposed by Ulm University and managed for ESA by CNES and CADMOS. This is the story of an experiment using these surprising insects to help us better understand the effects of gravity on neuron proliferation.

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  18. Tech for Food

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    December 27, 2006

    How can new technologies aid agricultural development in the world’s southern nations? This is just one of the questions that will be aired during the Tech for Food international forum organized by CNES, FARM1 and Agri TV at the International Agriculture Show in Paris on 6 March.

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  19. Balloons in equatorial environment

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    June 3, 2005

    A new balloon launch campaign is now underway in Teresina, Brazil, led by CNES in partnership with French and Brazilian research laboratories. In all, 10 flights are scheduled to send aloft a series of scientific and technical experiments.

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  20. Charter aids disaster-hit nations

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    November 24, 2008

    Founded in 2000 by CNES and ESA, the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters regularly provides free satellite imagery to help nations organize emergency response efforts in the event of a natural disaster. For the next 6 months, CNES will be at the helm of this organization.

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