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  1. Why is there so little water left on Mars?

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    June 24, 2021

    Mars is known for its thin atmosphere, where CO2 dominates and provides most of the atmospheric mass and pressure. In fact, the pressure is similar to that in the Earth’s stratosphere, which is a layer of the atmosphere, at more than 30km above the surface.

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  4. Investigating a tumultuous paleoclimate on Mars

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    May 12, 2021

    In an article published in April, William Rapin, a research scientist at the IRAP astrophysics and planetology research institute, presents with his team the first indications that Mars’ climate underwent fluctuations in its ancient past. These results were obtained thanks to the exceptional resolution of the RMI camera on the Curiosity rover.

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  6. SuperCam and its super sensors

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    March 31, 2021

    The French Space Agency (CNES) has reported the first images obtained on Mars using the Remote Micro-Imager (RMI) of the SuperCam instrument (the French contribution to NASA JPL PERSEVERANCE Rover) during the CNES Press Conference. The instrument provides high resolution (<70 µrad per pixel) color images for planetologists.

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  9. France-United States space cooperation Curiosity celebrates two Mars years of roving

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    May 11, 2016

    The Curiosity rover is today celebrating its second Mars year on the surface of the Red Planet, almost four Earth years since touching down on 6 August 2012. It remains in good health and all of its instruments are working well. After driving 13 kilometres through Gale Crater, the rover is now scaling the layered sedimentary terrain on the lower slopes of Mount Sharp, which peaks at 5 kilometres above the base of the crater.

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  11. [Mars 2020] Destination Mars: guidebook n°3

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    February 12, 2021

    Once no more than a faint orange dot in the sky, in the space of less than a century Mars has become a keen focus of study. Its ancient river beds, outflow channels and giant volcanoes appeal to the explorer in us. It’s easy to imagine it as Earth’s twin billions of years ago. Feeling adventurous? If so, we invite you on a voyage of discovery to mighty and majestic places that may once have harboured life… and where we dream of one day setting foot.

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    January 13, 2021

    Wednesday 13 January, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall took part in a panel discussion on ‘Space Exploration: Europe to the Moon and Mars’ at the 13th edition of the European Space Policy Conference, which is being held by videoconference from Brussels.

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  16. Avec Mars, une nouvelle ère pour la recherche d'échantillons extraterrestres

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    February 19, 2021

    Nous vivons une période extraordinaire pour l'exploration du système solaire. Dans les deux prochaines décennies, des échantillons d'astéroïdes, de la Lune, de Mars, et peut-être de comètes vont être ramenés par des missions spatiales dédiées.

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