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    3. Vega successfully orbits VENuS and OPTSAT-3000 satellites on its tenth flight CNES’s four centres key to “making our planet great again”

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      August 2, 2017

      Tuesday 1 August, Vega accomplished a flawless launch from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), orbiting the VENuU and OPTSAT-3000 satellites. The launch, conducted on behalf of CNES and the Israel Space Agency (ISA), and on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Defence, was the eighth this year from the CSG and marks the tenth flight of Vega, orbiting its seventh Earth-observing satellite.

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    4. How interplanetary trajectories work

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      June 3, 2015

      How interplanetary trajectories work

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    5. How satellites work

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      June 3, 2015

      How satellites work

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    6. How orbital manoeuvres work

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      June 3, 2015

      How orbital manoeuvres work

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    7. How stratospheric balloons work

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      June 3, 2015

      How stratospheric balloons work

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    8. How telecommunications work

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      June 3, 2015

      How telecommunications work

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    9. How launchers work

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      April 30, 2015

      How launchers work

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    10. Calisph’Air/Science Travellers- Making science easy

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      June 27, 2007

      On 4 June, 150 programme participants met in Toulouse, France, to present their results. Another 200 fellow pupils also took part via a teleconference link-up.

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    11. ESA ground station makes contact with Phobos-Grunt

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      November 24, 2011

      The European Space Agency (ESA) succeeded in making contact with the Russian spacecraft stuck in Earth orbit on Tuesday 22 November, reviving hopes that the mission might be saved.

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    14. Jean-Yves Le Gall: “In 2015, CNES will be making climate central to its space policy”

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      December 11, 2014

      Monday 5 January, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall delivered his New Year wishes to members of the French and international press in the Salle de l’Espace at Paris Les Halles. This traditional gathering provided the opportunity to review a year of historic successes for CNES and to present the agency’s strategy and challenges for 2015, a year in which the focus will be on climate in the lead-up to the COP 21 global climate summit in Paris in December.

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    15. How orbital manoeuvres work

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      August 6, 2003

      To accomplish its mission, a satellite or spacecraft must keep to a very specific trajectory.

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    16. How do balloons fly?

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      June 24, 2005

      A simple experiment will help us to understand how balloons fly.

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    18. How telecommunications work

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      January 6, 2004

      Since ancient times, people have wondered how to communicate over long distances. The term "telecommunications" refers to the transmission and remote reception of signals carrying all types of information, from simple text to images and sound. Unlike messengers or the postal service, telecommunications signals carry messages that have no physical substance.

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    19. How stratospheric balloons work

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      June 24, 2005

      What could be simpler than a balloon? It needs no engine or fuel, and the risk of a failure is minimal. Its structure consists of nothing more than some gas inside a plastic bag. It relies exclusively on natural forces: buoyancy for lift, winds for direction and gravity to descend.

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