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  1. CNES celebrates Diamant’s 50th anniversary- The origins of France’s independence in space

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    November 26, 2015

    On 26 November 1965, the first French-designed, French-built launcher soared skyward from the Hammaguir launch base in Algeria, orbiting France’s first ever satellite, A1, affectionately named Asterix. After the Soviet Union and the United States, France thus became the third nation to demonstrate a satellite launch capability.

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