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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Curiosity makes successful Mars landing

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    August 10, 2012

    The Curiosity rover, part of America's MSL mission, touched down on the Red Planet on Monday 6 August 2012, according to schedule. A confirmation signal was received at 7:31 a.m. (Paris time) at mission control at JPL, Pasadena, California.

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  5. SPOT 5 makes its final curtain call

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    December 15, 2015

    Friday 11 December 2015 at 19:29, the SPOT 5 satellite sent back its last packet of telemetry.

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  6. The cosmic web: seeing what makes up the Universe

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    December 3, 2015

    An international team observe ordinary matter in the large-scale structures that form the "cosmic web"

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  7. Philae makes historic landing on comet 67P

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    November 12, 2014

    Philae, the Rosetta mission’s lander, touched down on the nucleus of comet 67P on Wednesday 12 November at 15:34:54 UTC, 16:34:54 CET. The radio signal confirming this unprecedented feat was received on Earth a little later at 16:03 UTC, 17:03 CET.

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  8. CoRoT makes tantalizing new discovery

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    March 17, 2010

    CNES’s space telescope recently detected the transit of a temperate Jupiter-sized exoplanet 1,500 light-years from Earth. This discovery will teach us more about similar types of planet.

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  9. “I was the lucky one to see Philae wake up on my watch!”

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    June 16, 2015

    Philippe Gaudon, Rosetta mission project leader at CNES, tells us how he saw Philae wake up on his laptop screen on the evening of Saturday 13 June...

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  10. French astronaut Thomas Pesquet to fly to ISS in 2016

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    January 15, 2014

    Geneviève Fioraso, France’s Minister for Higher Education and Research, Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall announced Monday 17 March that French astronaut Thomas Pesquet will make his first spaceflight in late 2016.

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  11. 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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  12. SpaceBlower: a rocket to combat space debris

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    October 8, 2020

    SpaceBlower is a light suborbital rocket designed to eject a cloud of particles into the path of large non-manoeuvrable space debris. Its goal is to avoid collisions likely to generate thousands more debris fragments and thus to keep satellites and their orbits safe. Space Blower is a preliminary project initiated and funded by CNES and its partner Bertin Technologies (now CT France). Christophe Bonnal, senior expert at CNES’s Launch Vehicles Directorate, outlines what this project is aiming to accomplish.

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  13. Artemis programme: back to the Moon

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    October 16, 2020

    NASA’s Artemis programme plans to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon in 2024, followed by an exploration/prospection phase using the Gateway as a staging outpost and ultimately the construction of a lunar base starting in 2030.

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  14. Pilot almost ready to launch

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    April 4, 2017

    PILOT's science team is making the final flight preparations in the blistering Australian heat

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  15. Climate- Calipso science data now available to scientists worldwide

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    December 1, 2006

    Unlike the mythological figure from which it takes its name, the French-U.S. Calipso mission dedicated to studying clouds and aerosols hasn’t waited 10 years to release its precious information. Less than 1 year after launch, science data gathered by the satellite are already available to the international scientific community.

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  16. Rosetta and Philae primed to uncover cometary secrets

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    March 3, 2005

    Rosetta and Philae will be swinging past our planet on Tuesday 13 November to gain a slingshot assist from Earth’s gravity that will put them on course to rendezvous with their target comet in 2014. At the end of September, the Scientific Operations and Navigation Centre at the Toulouse Space Centre took advantage of a slack period in the mission schedule preceding this flyby to check out the science experiments it will be controlling.

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  17. Since 1995, DORIS contributes to the International Terrestrial Reference Frame

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    • Sciences et techniques

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    January 9, 2012

    Since 1995 DORIS contributes to the International Terrestrial Reference Frame Update: 01/09/2012

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  18. Since 1995, DORIS contributes to the International Terrestrial Reference Frame

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    • Sciences et techniques

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    January 9, 2012

    SINCE 1995 DORIS CONTRIBUTES TO THE INTERNATIONAL TERRESTRIAL REFERENCE FRAME  Update: 01/09/2012

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  19. FLEX mission to be next ESA Earth Explorer

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    November 23, 2015

    ESA's Member States have selected FLEX as the eighth Earth Explorer mission, upon recommendation from the Earth Science Advisory Committee.

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  20. "Voyageurs des sables" Six high-school pupils help to monitor desertification

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    December 27, 2006

    Guided by explorer Stéphane Lévin, a unique and demanding adventure awaits the 6 high-school pupils selected for the “Sand Travellers” (Voyageurs des Sables) expedition. With just 20 days left before departure, the youngsters’ dreams are getting closer to reality as they come to grips with scientific and technical concepts and follow an intensive training regime to acclimatize themselves to remote and harsh desert conditions. The 6 sand travellers are confidently, and somewhat impatiently, looking forward to embarking on their 12-day extreme adventure.

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