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  1. How interplanetary trajectories work

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    June 3, 2015

    How interplanetary trajectories work

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  2. How satellites work

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    June 3, 2015

    How satellites work

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  3. How orbital manoeuvres work

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    June 3, 2015

    How orbital manoeuvres work

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  4. How stratospheric balloons work

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    June 3, 2015

    How stratospheric balloons work

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  5. How telecommunications work

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    June 3, 2015

    How telecommunications work

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  6. How launchers work

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    April 30, 2015

    How launchers work

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  7. How altimetry works

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    June 3, 2015

    How altimetry works

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  8. CNESMAG 87- Exploration: moving up a scale

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    February 16, 2021

    How far will humans venture into space? And when they get there, what will they do and what will they discover? These questions are no doubt the real reasons motivating human space exploration, which has been making the headlines recently in the world of space.

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  9. CNESMAG 89- Ballooning:a French flair

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    August 4, 2021

    The intense heat, droughts, storms and typhoons disrupting the planet’s delicate climate balances come with critical risks for populations. For the past 60 years, balloons have proved a platform of choice, complementing satellites with their unique ability to stay aloft for long periods at altitudes of 20 to 40 kilometres and collect in-situ data on winds, greenhouse gases, aerosols and radiation.

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  10. CNESMAG 88- CSR: CNES rises to the challenge

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    May 3, 2021

    At CNES we are keenly aware of our obligations as a government agency, which is why we are committed to affirming our corporate social responsibility (CSR) and ensuring that our space missions and activities bring positive impacts for the planet, society, citizens and CNES’s people.

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  11. CNESMAG 86- Taranis:the hidden side of storms

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    November 3, 2020

    Sprites, elves, jets… few people know that scientists habitually use such other-worldly words to describe what are less poetically called transient luminous events or TLEs, the flashes and electromagnetic emissions that occur during active storms just a few tens of kilometres over our heads. But what are the physical processes and mechanisms behind these phenomena discovered barely 30 years ago? Such are the challenges facing the French Taranis satellite that will be riding aloft this autumn atop a Vega launcher from the Guiana Space Centre.

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  12. CNESMAG 77 – Miniaturization: smallsats step up to the plate

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    July 19, 2018

    Mini-, micro-, nano-, pico- are the new prefixes ruling the world of satellites today. Why? Because space too is riding the wave of the digital revolution and its stupendous technological advances. Get the latest on this major paradigm shift in our summer edition of CNESMAG.

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  13. CNESMAG 85- Exploring life's origins:the ultimate quest

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    July 24, 2020

    Where did life come from? Are we alone in the universe? These two closely related questions have reached beyond the realm of philosophy and are now being subjected to scientific investigation in more precise terms. Attempting to answer them is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle in which each piece lies at the end of a treasure hunt. This summer, three space missions are set to depart for Mars in search of new clues to solve this rebus.Thanks to the sum of talents of the scientists, engineers and technicians working in our research laboratories, agencies and private firms, Europe and France are pivotal players in this fantastic quest to discover our origins and, in the final analysis, reveal the reasons behind our existence.

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  14. CNESMAG 84- Biodiversity: building resilience

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    May 29, 2020

    For close on 20 years, the space community has strived to document, map and observe biodiversity. Satellites are watching over forests, measuring soil moisture, tracking habitats and hundreds of species to analyse their behaviour. New hyperspectral technologies are set to deliver deeper insights into forest and cropland biomass and the carbon sinks they represent. The time for alerting is behind us; now is the time for action, and CNES is gearing up to play its part in building a new resilience for the future.

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  15. CNESMAG 83- Agriculture: remote sensing raises the bar

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    February 14, 2020

    Earth-observation data acquired from orbit across the wavelength spectrum enable the status of crop fields, pastures and water resources to be monitored in real time all over the globe and harvests and yields to be estimated. Space is also easing agriculture’s environmental footprint by aiding a more-integrated approach to managing inputs, fertilisers, phytosanitary products and water, while reducing energy consumption. As a tool supporting a broad range of policy initiatives on climate, the environment, security, transport, agriculture and the digital divide to name a few, space and the technological advances it is driving are a great asset that will help agriculture to rise to the demographic, health, environmental and climate challenges of the 21st century.

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  16. CNESMAG (special issue)- Space Climate Observatory (SCO): data serving territories

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    January 20, 2020

    It is to address local needs that CNES launched the Space Climate Observatory (SCO) initiative, which was subsequently selected by President Emmanuel Macron at the One Planet Summit in December 2017. The SCO combines the expertise of the world’s space agencies to supply satellite data that will serve to model the impacts of climate change on specific territories.

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  17. CNESMAG 80- Space Exploration: solar system in sight

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    May 15, 2019

    On 21 July, we will be marking the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the Moon, on what remains to this day the most extraordinary space mission ever undertaken.

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  18. CNESMAG 81- Wind and Waves:an enigmatic duo

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    September 6, 2019

    Wind and waves—an enigmatic duo that immediately conjures up days spent at the beach. Yet behind the holiday images hide the keys to our planet’s climate. CNESMAG have focused on such phenomena, emphasising the vital role that satellites play in their observation. That’s because only satellites can provide global data on land masses and oceans over very long periods of time. All of which allows us to gain an ever better understanding of wind and wave changes and of their impact on our planet’s climate.

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  19. Mercury

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    November 27, 2015

    Mercury is the smallest of the rocky planets and the closest to the Sun.

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  20. Tuesday space talks 2015/2016

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    June 23, 2016

    Listen or re-listen to Tuesday space talk podcasts!

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