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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. CNES’s Science Programmes Committee meets- Le Havre to host next Space Science Survey Seminar in October 2019

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    September 20, 2018

    Thursday 20 September, CNES’s Science Programmes Committee (CPS) met at the agency’s Head Office in Paris. The CPS advises the CNES Board of Directors on matters relating to space science research and helps it to shape the agency’s science priorities. Kicking off the meeting, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall reviewed the agency’s activities in the fields of universe sciences and Earth-observation. He also announced that CNES’s next Space Science Survey Seminar would be held in Le Havre in October next year.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Glacier melting: untangling local from global

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    May 12, 2021

    An international team led by the LEGOS space geophysics and oceanography research laboratory has measured the evolution of all the world’s glaciers over 20 years. On average, they are losing 267 billion tonnes in ice mass a year, a cumulative loss of 4% in just 20 years. The authors confirm this phenomenon is accelerating globally as temperatures rise and explains certain slowdowns observed locally.

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  8. ESA chooses the ARIEL telescope to observe exoplanets

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    June 27, 2018

    ESA’s next scientific mission will focus on characterising exoplanets

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  9. Theia reveals annual mountain snow cover

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    March 19, 2021

    After developing single-date images of snow cover, the partners of the Theia land surfaces data centre are now generating the first satellite maps providing a synoptic picture of annual snow cover in the Alps and Pyrenees.

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  10. 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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  12. DORN, the French instrument on the Chang’e 6 mission

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    December 18, 2019

    The lander on China’s Chang’e 6 mission will be carrying the DORN radon detection instrument with the goal of studying its outgassing from the lunar regolith and how this radioactive gas and other species like water are transported in the Moon’s exosphere. Launch is planned in 2023.

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  13. CNES SCIENCE PROGRAMMES COMMITTEE MEETS

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    December 3, 2020

    Thursday 3 December, CNES’s Science Programmes Committee (CPS) met remotely by videoconference in strict accordance with social distancing measures. The CPS advises the CNES Board of Directors on matters relating to space science research and helps it to shape the science priorities of the agency’s programmes.

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  15. Venus to be launched from the Guyana Space Centre on 1st August 2017

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    June 21, 2017

    The French-Israeli Earth observation satellite’s launch date has been confirmed. It will depart on 1st August 2017 from the Guyana Space Centre (CSG).

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  16. XCubesat and Spacecube to be placed in orbit from the ISS on 18th May

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    May 17, 2017

    The two cubesats XCubesat and Spacecube, developed by French students, are scheduled to be put into orbit from the ISS on 18th May around 11 am, Paris time.

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  17. Forest fires in Chile CNES activates SPOT satellites to aid firefighters

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    February 1, 2017

    Chile has been suffering in recent weeks from a series of devastating forest fires. The SPOT satellites have been in action acquiring imagery of fire-affected areas for the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters.

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  18. Green light to build NISP instrument!

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    November 23, 2016

    The infrared spectro-photometer of Euclid mission successfully passed its critical design review (CDR).

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  19. DECLIC takes a maintenance break to repair its electronic module

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    September 22, 2016

    After 6 years of loyal service, DECLIC had to undergo maintenance.

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  20. Solar storms impact Earth’s neighbourhood

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    December 16, 2019

    Fifteen years after they were first acquired, data from the Cluster mission continue to reveal new insights into the disturbances generated by solar storms when they hit Earth’s magnetosphere. For the first time, scientists have succeeded in measuring the complexity and amplitude of these magnetic wave disturbances using data from the CIS instrument on the four Cluster satellites.

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