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  1. 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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  2. Investigating a tumultuous paleoclimate on Mars

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    May 12, 2021

    In an article published in April, William Rapin, a research scientist at the IRAP astrophysics and planetology research institute, presents with his team the first indications that Mars’ climate underwent fluctuations in its ancient past. These results were obtained thanks to the exceptional resolution of the RMI camera on the Curiosity rover.

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  4. MSL on its way to Mars

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    November 28, 2011

    Curiosity, the ultra-sophisticated rover on the U.S. Mars Science Laboratory mission, lifted off for Mars on 26 November from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Several French laboratories are along for the ride.

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  6. Life on Mars- Curiosity rover identifies methane and numerous organic molecules

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    June 8, 2018

    Thursday 8 June, the journal Science announced that the Curiosity rover, using its SAM instrument operated from the Toulouse Space Centre in France, has identified methane and numerous organic molecules on Mars.

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  8. ChemCam et SAM Instruments on NASA’s Curiosity rover get very-long-distance fixes

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    June 8, 2015

    Since August 2012, for nearly 1,000 Mars days, NASA’s Curiosity rover has been pursuing a unique scientific and technological adventure on the surface of the Red Planet. During this time, its systems have been subjected to the rigours of Mars’ climate. The rover’s ChemCam and SAM instruments recently received fixes 350 million kilometres from Earth to restore them to full operational capability, working with teams in France.

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  9. Martian organic molecules pique our Curiosity

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    July 10, 2018

    On 7 June 2018, Science published two important results. The two articles describe the results obtained by the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) experiment, on board the Martian rover.

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  10. 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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  11. CNESMAG 69- Mars, the New Frontier

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    July 18, 2016

    Drawing on the in-depth knowledge of Mars gleaned from the exceptional Mars Express, Curiosity, MAVEN, ExoMars, InSight and Mars 2020 missions, France, CNES and our scientific community will be at the forefront of this new saga of the modern age—to conquer what is fast becoming THE new frontier for all of humankind.

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  12. Events Archive

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    October 20, 2014

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  13. CHEMCAM

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    July 21, 2016

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  14. Student Project

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    October 20, 2014

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  15. Mission

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    July 21, 2016

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