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  1. Polder science data processing closes at CNES

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    February 15, 2006

    Between them, the Polder 1 and Polder 2 instruments dedicated to studying the Earth-atmosphere system operated for 15 months, accumulating a wealth of data products for the scientific community. Processing of Polder data is now over. Time to review the achievements of this original mission ...

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  2. Parasol captures first pictures

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    January 20, 2005

    In orbit since 18 December 2004, the Parasol microsatellite acquired its first pictures on 7 January 2005. Parasol is set to help scientists gain a better understanding of the physical and micro-physical properties of clouds and aerosols. These first images also confirmed that the satellite, its payload and associated ground facilities are all working well. 

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  3. Parasol moves off the A-Train’s track

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    January 13, 2010

    Before the Parasol satellite runs out of fuel, CNES has decided to take it off the A-Train, where it has been probing Earth’s atmosphere with its companions for 5 years.

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  4. Parasol prepares to enter the dance

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    October 18, 2004

    Following Demeter in June, Parasol, the second-up in the Myriade microsatellite series, is preparing for launch. Parasol will study the impact of aerosols and how they interact with clouds to give scientists a better understanding of Earth’s climate system.

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  6. Parasol paints a striking picture of Hurricane Dean

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    December 27, 2006

    The first satellite image of Dean on 16 August in natural colour gives a good idea of the hurricane’s extent, but not its depth. It also highlights variations in cloud cover density, albeit imperfectly. Data in false colour will give a clearer picture.

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  7. Mission climat: Calipso, dans le secret des aérosols et des nuages

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    July 24, 2015
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    (English subtitles) Son nom est Sol... Aéro SOL ! Nous croyons qu'il a le permis de nous tuer en renforçant l'effet de serre... Mais pour croire il faut voir. Depuis plus de 10 ans les scientifiques amassent, étudient, analysent des informations sur les nuages grâce aux satellites Parasol, Cloudsat et Calipso. Crédits : CNES.

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  9. Parasol sort de l’A-train

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    January 11, 2010

    Avant que ses réserves de carburant ne soient complètement épuisées, le CNES a décidé de sortir le satellite Parasol de l’A-Train. Il scrutait l’atmosphère terrestre avec ses compagnons depuis maintenant 5 ans.

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  10. Parasol satellite mission could be extended

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    January 19, 2011

    Parasol completed its 6th year in orbit on 18 December 2010. This mission to observe clouds and aerosols in Earth’s atmosphere has been a great a success for CNES, which is now considering extending it.

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  12. La mission du satellite Parasol pourrait être prolongée

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    January 19, 2011

    Parasol a fêté ses 6 ans en orbite le 18 décembre 2010. C’est un véritable succès pour le CNES, qui étudie la possibilité d’une nouvelle extension de cette mission d’observation des nuages et des aérosols dans l’atmosphère.

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  13. Parasol in the eye of the storm

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    February 27, 2007

    Late February, Cyclone Gamede brushed past Réunion, leaving 2 dead, 100 injured and more than 100 million euros in damage. CNES’s Parasol cloud- and aerosol-observing satellite had a ringside view of this devastating climatic event.

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  14. Parasol ready for action

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    March 24, 2005

    The Parasol microsatellite, launched on 18 December 2004, has successfully completed in-orbit commissioning after several weeks of tests during which all instruments were switched on and validated. It is now set to begin its mission to observe clouds and aerosols.

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  15. Parasol dans l’œil du cyclone

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    February 27, 2007

    Fin février, le cyclone Gamede est venu frôler l’île de la Réunion, y provoquant la mort de 2 personnes, en blessant près d’une centaine d’autres et occasionnant plus de 100 millions d’euros de dégâts. Parasol, satellite du CNES spécialisé dans l’observation des nuages et des aérosols, s’est avéré être un témoin privilégié de ce phénomène climatique dévastateur.

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