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  1. 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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  2. 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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  4. 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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  5. FIMOC: Martians on Earth

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    October 27, 2016

    On 6 August, the international Curiosity team celebrated the rover’s fourth (Earth) year on the surface of Mars. The rover hasn’t found any green men on the red planet yet, but reports have been received of ‘Martians’ in Toulouse… Meet the atypical team at FIMOC, the French Instruments Mars Operations Centre.

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  6. Curiosity celebrates one year on Mars

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    August 6, 2013

    On 6 August 2012, we followed Curiosity’s Mars landing live on our website. One year on, the rover is in great shape and on course for its primary target, Mount Sharp.

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  7. Publications

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    October 20, 2014

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  8. Curiosity: atterrissage imminent sur Mars

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    August 1, 2012

      01/08/2012 Dans cinq jours exactement, le rover de la NASA devra atterrir sur la planète rouge, après un voyage de plus de 8 mois (départ : 26 novembre 2011 - Arrivée : 6 août 2012). La tension monte ! Pourquoi, dans le cadre de la mission Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), envoie-t-on le rover Curiosity sur Mars ? Questions à quatre spécialistes de la planète rouge.

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