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  1. Stellar occultation by asteroid Ultima Thule in Senegal: an opportunity to promote astronomy in Africa

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    July 27, 2018

    On the night of 3–4 August 2018, American, French and Senegalese scientists will be in Senegal to observe as asteroid Ultima Thule (2014 MU69) passes between Earth and a distant star, a phenomenon called stellar occultation, before NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft performs a flyby of this object on 1 January 2019. This observation campaign involves researchers from CNRS, the French national scientific research centre, and the IRD development research institute, with financial support from CNES and the French Embassy in Senegal. The campaign is a chance to promote science culture and raise public awareness around an astronomical event of global interest.

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  2. CNES AND AASO JOIN FORCES- AFRICA ENTERS THE ACTINSPACE FOLD

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    March 11, 2020

    Wednesday 11 March, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Sekou Ouedraogo, President of the African Aeronautics & Space Organisation (AASO), signed a partnership agreement to develop the ActInSpace international hackathon in Africa. The fourth edition of ActInSpace will be held in April this year and Burkina-Faso, Ghana and Nigeria will be the first African nations to take part in the event under this new agreement.

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