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  2. Vega successfully orbits VENuS and OPTSAT-3000 satellites on its tenth flight CNES’s four centres key to “making our planet great again”

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    August 2, 2017

    Tuesday 1 August, Vega accomplished a flawless launch from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), orbiting the VENuU and OPTSAT-3000 satellites. The launch, conducted on behalf of CNES and the Israel Space Agency (ISA), and on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Defence, was the eighth this year from the CSG and marks the tenth flight of Vega, orbiting its seventh Earth-observing satellite.

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  3. ESA ground station makes contact with Phobos-Grunt

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    November 24, 2011

    The European Space Agency (ESA) succeeded in making contact with the Russian spacecraft stuck in Earth orbit on Tuesday 22 November, reviving hopes that the mission might be saved.

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  5. Jean-Yves Le Gall: “In 2015, CNES will be making climate central to its space policy”

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    December 11, 2014

    Monday 5 January, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall delivered his New Year wishes to members of the French and international press in the Salle de l’Espace at Paris Les Halles. This traditional gathering provided the opportunity to review a year of historic successes for CNES and to present the agency’s strategy and challenges for 2015, a year in which the focus will be on climate in the lead-up to the COP 21 global climate summit in Paris in December.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Philae makes historic landing on comet 67P

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    November 12, 2014

    Philae, the Rosetta mission’s lander, touched down on the nucleus of comet 67P on Wednesday 12 November at 15:34:54 UTC, 16:34:54 CET. The radio signal confirming this unprecedented feat was received on Earth a little later at 16:03 UTC, 17:03 CET.

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  9. CoRoT makes tantalizing new discovery

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    March 17, 2010

    CNES’s space telescope recently detected the transit of a temperate Jupiter-sized exoplanet 1,500 light-years from Earth. This discovery will teach us more about similar types of planet.

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  10. “I was the lucky one to see Philae wake up on my watch!”

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    June 16, 2015

    Philippe Gaudon, Rosetta mission project leader at CNES, tells us how he saw Philae wake up on his laptop screen on the evening of Saturday 13 June...

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  12. EUROPE’S SOLAR ORBITER PROBE SET TO DEPART EARTH FOR SUN ON 10 FEBRUARY

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    February 3, 2020

    During the night of 9 to 10 February, the Solar Orbiter probe will depart Kennedy Space Center, Florida, atop an Atlas V 411 launcher and begin its journey towards the Sun.

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  13. 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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  15. 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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  17. ExoMars mission: Europe all set to land on Mars

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    October 17, 2016

    Wednesday 19 October, the ExoMars 2016 mission will insert its Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) into orbit around the red planet and release its Schiaparelli lander demonstrator for a controlled descent to the surface.

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  18. Pilot almost ready to launch

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    April 4, 2017

    PILOT's science team is making the final flight preparations in the blistering Australian heat

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