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  2. European space policy ESA Director General Jan Wörner visits Toulouse Space Centre

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    May 18, 2017

    Thursday 18 May, ESA Director General Jan Wörner visited the Toulouse Space Centre, one of the four centres of excellence of CNES, the chief contributor to ESA. He was welcomed by CNES President and ESA Council co-Chair Jean-Yves Le Gall. This visit underlined the ESA Director General’s interest in the advances that CNES is achieving to curb climate change and in Mars exploration.

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  3. Assembly and launch facilities

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    January 28, 2020

    Soyuz is operated from the Guiana Space Centre, Europe’s spaceport. Like Ariane and Vega, launcher elements are shipped to Kourou in containers aboard the MN Toucan and MN Colibri. The only difference is their departure point, from Saint Petersburg in Russia. A Soyuz launch campaign lasts one to two months. Each phase is described below.

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  4. 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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  5. Soyuz launch pad handed over to Arianespace

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    May 9, 2011

    The Soyuz launch pad at the Guiana Space Centre was officially handed over by ESA to Arianespace on 7 May 2011 during a special ceremony at Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana.

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  6. CNES supports SpaceUp Paris

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    May 7, 2013

    From 24 to 26 May, the first SpaceUp Paris event is being organized by a community of bloggers with a passion for space. An innovative initiative that CNES is supporting by hosting a kick-off session on 24 May at the agency’s Launch Vehicles Directorate, focusing on Ariane 6.

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  8. Organization

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    February 4, 2020

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  9. Ariane 5 launch on 17 November 2016

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    November 9, 2016

    Ariane 5 ES orbited four Galileo satelllites from the Guiana Space Centre. The lift off happened on 17 November at 10:06 (French Guiana time), at 14:06 (Paris time). Credits: ESA/CNES/Arianespace-Optique vidéo du CSG.

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  10. Soyuz orbits Sentinel-1A on 7th successful launch from French Guiana

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    January 15, 2014

    The first satellite of Europe’s Copernicus programme was sent aloft today, Thursday 3 April, by a Soyuz launcher from the Guiana Space Centre as scheduled at 18:02 local time (23:02 CET).

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  11. ESA RELEASES FIRST IMAGES FROM SOLAR ORBITER

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    July 16, 2020

    The European Space Agency (ESA) has released the first images from its Solar Orbiter spacecraft, which completed its commissioning phase in mid-June and made its first close approach to the Sun. Shortly thereafter, the European and U.S. science teams behind the mission’s ten instruments were able to test the entire instrument suite in concert for the first time.

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  13. Overview

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    February 4, 2020

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  14. Technical characteristics

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    February 4, 2020

    Soyuz ST is a variant of Soyuz 2 adapted to weather conditions in French Guiana and to the requirements of the French Space Operations Act (FSOA).

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  15. Diabsat operation gets underway on 17 May

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    May 21, 2010

    A touring vehicle, interactive terminals and home screening are coming to the aid of diabetes sufferers in outlying regions of Southwest France.

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  16. Space cooperation with the Czech Republic- CNES celebrates Czech Republic’s 10 years of success in ESA

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    November 13, 2018

    Tuesday 13 November, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall spoke at a conference held at the Prague Congress Centre to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Czech Republic’s membership of the European Space Agency (ESA), in the presence of Andrej Babiš, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Dan Ťok, Minister for Transport, and Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General of ESA. He pointed to the Czech Republic’s remarkable accomplishments in space and its successful integration in ESA. At a roundtable session on international space cooperation, he also underlined the partnership agreement signed with France, which further strengthens the bilateral actions by the two countries.

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  17. ATV, le dernier voyage

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    June 6, 2014

    L’ATV (Véhicule Automatique de Transfert ou Automated Transfer Vehicle), le cargo ravitailleur européen, effectue son dernier voyage vers la Station Spatiale Internationale (ISS). Depuis 2008, ce vaisseau mène ses missions avec succès : approvisionner l’ISS et maintenir son altitude.

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  19. [VIDEO] Earth form Space: CNES and ESA discuss future cooperation

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    July 25, 2017
    Earth from Space: special edition

    In this special edition, Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of the CNES French Space Agency, and Josef Aschbacher, Director of ESA's Earth Observation Programmes, join the show to discuss how cooperation will further benefit Earth observation and the Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

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  20. ExoMars 2016: TGO enters Martian orbit

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    October 19, 2016

    The ExoMars 2016 mission’s Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) was successfully captured into Martian orbit Wednesday 19 October. However, the landing of Schiaparelli had still not been confirmed at the end of our video broadcast of the event. The mission’s engineers were set to spend the night poring over data acquired by various satellites orbiting Mars to track down the tiny lander.

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