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  1. CNES PAYS TRIBUTE TO DR. MICHAEL FREILICH, FORMER DIRECTOR OF NASA’S EARTH SCIENCE DIVISION

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    August 7, 2020

    Following the announcement of the death of Dr. Mike Freilich, former Director of NASA’s Earth Science Division, CNES pays glowing tribute to the memory of this outstanding partner of our agency.

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  2. 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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  3. France-United States space cooperation A new step forward after the successful launch of Jason-3

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    January 20, 2016

    Following the successful launch of the Jason-3 satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall was in Washington D.C. yesterday to meet NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and give a talk on French space policy to the U.S. space community.

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  5. State visit of President Macron to United States CNES and NASA step up their cooperation

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    April 25, 2018

    Wednesday 25 April in Washington D.C., on the occasion of President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit to the United States, CNES and NASA signed a joint statement which, following the extension for a further five years of the intergovernmental agreement on space, reaffirms both parties’ desire to continue and step up their partnership in space exploration and in the observation of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere. The signing took place in the presence of CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and NASA Associate Administrator Robert M. Lightfoot, after which Jean-Yves Le Gall met Jim Bridenstine, who officially took office at the U.S. space agency on 23 April. Beforehand, Jean-Yves Le Gall also met Scott Pace, Executive Secretary of the National Space Council, for a broad discussion of key international space issues.

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  6. LE CNES REND HOMMAGE À MICHAEL FREILICH, ANCIEN DIRECTEUR DES SCIENCES DE LA TERRE À LA NASA

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    August 7, 2020

    À l’annonce de la disparition de Michael Freilich, ancien Directeur des Sciences de la Terre à la NASA, le CNES salue la mémoire de ce partenaire hors pair du CNES et lui rend un hommage appuyé.

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  7. France-United States space cooperation- Launch of OSIRIS-REx mission

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    September 9, 2016

    The OSIRIS-REx mission was launched Friday 9 September at 01:05 from the Cape Canaveral base in Florida, on board an Atlas V launcher. In an absolute first, the mission probe will rendezvous with asteroid Bennu in August 2018 to conduct a detailed study of this small near-Earth object, map its surface and then perform a rapid “Touch-and-Go” in order to take samples such as regolith and return them to Earth in 2023.

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  8. Jason-1 clocks up 10 years of climate observations

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    December 7, 2011

    The Jason-1 ocean-observing satellite has been in orbit for 10 years. In that time, it has helped to build up a 20-year time series of continuous sea-surface measurements to enhance our understanding of climate change.

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  9. Space cooperation between France and the USA CNES joins forces with the US and international space community to pay tribute to Charles Elachi

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    June 27, 2016

    Charles Elachi, the iconic Director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is set to retire on 30 June 2016. To mark the occasion, members of the international space community gathered at JPL in Pasadena, California, to pay a warm tribute to its Director of 14 years as well as to the laboratory that he joined 45 years ago.

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  10. France-United States space cooperation CNES and NASA hold bilateral meeting

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    February 3, 2017

    Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s new Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, met CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall at CNES’s Head Office in Paris on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 February. This first meeting since his appointment provided the opportunity to review the priorities of CNES and NASA’s cooperation.

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  11. France-United States space cooperation CALIPSO mission marks 10 years in orbit

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    June 10, 2016

    CNES and its partners, NASA and participating laboratories celebrated yesterday the 10th anniversary of the CALIPSO mission, a marvellous symbol of the successful space cooperation between France and the United States. Ten years after launch, CALIPSO is still sounding the atmosphere, a key mission at a time when climate issues are an important focus of attention for the space sector.

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  12. 52nd International Paris Air Show President Macron visits CNES Pavilion

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    June 19, 2017

    At the opening of the 52nd International Paris Air Show, being held from Monday 19 to Sunday 25 June at Le Bourget, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall, accompanied by Thomas Pesquet, welcomed President Emmanuel Macron to the CNES Pavilion for a tour of the innovation (Ariane 6), climate (MERLIN) and exploration (Mars) exhibits on display. The futuristic pavilion is showcasing programmes and technologies the agency is developing to “invent the future of space”.

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  13. France-United States space cooperation- A great record and great prospects ahead

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    December 20, 2016

    Monday 19 December, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall was in Washington D.C. to present recent French and European space policy advances to the US space community. He also took the opportunity to underscore CNES’s cooperative ties with NASA and NOAA, notably in the historic domains of oceanography and robotic exploration of Mars, and to affirm the agency’s desire to pursue this exceptional partnership.

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  16. Salon du Bourget 2017: Le Président de la République est reçu au Pavillon du CNES

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    June 19, 2017

    A l’occasion de l’inauguration du 52ème Salon International de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace de Paris Le Bourget, qui se tient du lundi 19 au dimanche 25 juin au Bourget, Jean-Yves Le Gall, Président du CNES, accompagné de Thomas Pesquet, a reçu le Président de la République au Pavillon du CNES. L’innovation (Ariane 6), le climat (Merlin) et l’exploration (Mars) ont été présentés au Président de la République dans un Pavillon futuriste, où sont exposés les programmes et les technologies que le CNES développe pour « Inventer l’espace de demain ».

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  17. Solar Probe Plus has a new name

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    July 7, 2017

    The new denomination is Parker Solar Probe

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  18. EUSO-SPB set down in the Pacific Ocean after over 12 days in the air

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    May 12, 2017

    The second EUSO-Balloon flight landed on 7th May around 3.20 am UT.

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  19. France-United States space cooperation CNES and NASA sign statement on Mars and oceanography

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    June 19, 2017

    Monday 19 June at the 52nd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and NASA Acting Administrator Robert M. Lightfoot Jr. gave new momentum to their cooperation with a joint statement. At their meeting, the two agency heads discussed Mars exploration and oceanography, two domains where CNES has key expertise.

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  20. A French instrument on Mars in 2012

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    May 19, 2011

    The SAM suite of instruments, which will study the organic composition of the Martian soil and atmosphere for the MSL mission, is all set to go. A French team is involved in the project.

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