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  1. CNES and VEDECOM sign partnership agreement Space science serving autonomous vehicles and sustainable mobility solutions

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    January 14, 2019

    Monday 14 January at the agency’s Head Office in Paris, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and VEDECOM President Rémi Bastien signed a partnership agreement aiming to foster synergies between the two organizations’ respective missions and areas of expertise.

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  2. 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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  3. First Vega C launch contract will carry satellite constellation

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    June 22, 2017

    On 20th June at the international Paris air show, Airbus Defence & Space and Arianespace announced the signing of a launch contract for next-generation very-high-resolution optical observation satellites.

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  4. SpaceBlower: a rocket to combat space debris

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    October 8, 2020

    SpaceBlower is a light suborbital rocket designed to eject a cloud of particles into the path of large non-manoeuvrable space debris. Its goal is to avoid collisions likely to generate thousands more debris fragments and thus to keep satellites and their orbits safe. Space Blower is a preliminary project initiated and funded by CNES and its partner Bertin Technologies (now CT France). Christophe Bonnal, senior expert at CNES’s Launch Vehicles Directorate, outlines what this project is aiming to accomplish.

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  5. Glacier melting: untangling local from global

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    May 12, 2021

    An international team led by the LEGOS space geophysics and oceanography research laboratory has measured the evolution of all the world’s glaciers over 20 years. On average, they are losing 267 billion tonnes in ice mass a year, a cumulative loss of 4% in just 20 years. The authors confirm this phenomenon is accelerating globally as temperatures rise and explains certain slowdowns observed locally.

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  6. Theia reveals annual mountain snow cover

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    March 19, 2021

    After developing single-date images of snow cover, the partners of the Theia land surfaces data centre are now generating the first satellite maps providing a synoptic picture of annual snow cover in the Alps and Pyrenees.

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  8. CNES SCIENCE PROGRAMMES COMMITTEE MEETS

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    December 3, 2020

    Thursday 3 December, CNES’s Science Programmes Committee (CPS) met remotely by videoconference in strict accordance with social distancing measures. The CPS advises the CNES Board of Directors on matters relating to space science research and helps it to shape the science priorities of the agency’s programmes.

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  9. Venus to be launched from the Guyana Space Centre on 1st August 2017

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    June 21, 2017

    The French-Israeli Earth observation satellite’s launch date has been confirmed. It will depart on 1st August 2017 from the Guyana Space Centre (CSG).

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  10. Successful launch of NASA’s EUSO-SPB balloon

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    April 26, 2017

    The EUSO-SPB balloon has taken off from Wanaka Airport in New Zealand to observe ultra-high energy cosmic rays

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  11. Jason-3 to launch 17 January 2016

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    December 17, 2015

    The Jason-3 oceanography satellite is now scheduled to launch Sunday 17 January at 10:42 EPSDT (19:42 CET) from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), California, and the launch campaign has resumed on site. Jason-3 is set to extend the time-series of highly precise ocean altimetry measurements supporting climate monitoring, operational oceanography and seasonal forecasting.

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  12. SERA 3, A Test Model for Future launchers

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    July 4, 2017

    Students from the Perseus project have successfully launched their SERA 3 rocket

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  13. 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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  14. Soyuz successfully orbits Metop-C satellite with French IASI instrument from Guiana Space Centre

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    November 7, 2018

    During the night of 6-7 November, Soyuz accomplished a flawless launch from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, placing the European Metop-C (Meteorological Operational Polar) satellite into Sun-synchronous polar orbit with the French IASI instrument (Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer). Metop-C was built by Airbus Defence & Space for Eumetsat, the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites. This was Soyuz’s 19th launch from the CSG and its second this year from French Guiana.

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  15. DORN, the French instrument on the Chang’e 6 mission

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    December 18, 2019

    The lander on China’s Chang’e 6 mission will be carrying the DORN radon detection instrument with the goal of studying its outgassing from the lunar regolith and how this radioactive gas and other species like water are transported in the Moon’s exosphere. Launch is planned in 2023.

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  16. Solar storms impact Earth’s neighbourhood

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    December 16, 2019

    Fifteen years after they were first acquired, data from the Cluster mission continue to reveal new insights into the disturbances generated by solar storms when they hit Earth’s magnetosphere. For the first time, scientists have succeeded in measuring the complexity and amplitude of these magnetic wave disturbances using data from the CIS instrument on the four Cluster satellites.

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  17. CNES Science Programmes Committee meets- Outgoing committee hands over for 2019-2024

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    June 11, 2019

    Tuesday 11 June, CNES’s Science Programmes Committee (CPS) met at the agency’s Head Office in Paris Les Halles. The CPS advises the CNES Board of Directors on matters relating to space science research and helps it to shape the agency’s science priorities.

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  18. CNES’s Science Programmes Committee meets- Le Havre to host next Space Science Survey Seminar in October 2019

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    September 20, 2018

    Thursday 20 September, CNES’s Science Programmes Committee (CPS) met at the agency’s Head Office in Paris. The CPS advises the CNES Board of Directors on matters relating to space science research and helps it to shape the agency’s science priorities. Kicking off the meeting, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall reviewed the agency’s activities in the fields of universe sciences and Earth-observation. He also announced that CNES’s next Space Science Survey Seminar would be held in Le Havre in October next year.

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