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  1. IASI ready for the lift-off

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    September 26, 2006

    The big day is fast approaching for IASI! After 3 abortive attempts in July, the launch of the MetOp satellite carrying the IASI instrument is now all set for 7 October. The Soyuz launcher and its payload are undergoing final preparations before lift-off.

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  2. IASI to acquire new data for weather forecasting

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    May 31, 2006

    Europe’s weather forecasting system is set to benefit soon from a new series of spacecraft, with the 1st of the MetOp satellites set for launch on 17 July. Its payload includes IASI1, an instrument developed by CNES that will acquire highly accurate vertical profiles of the atmosphere for the 1st time.

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  3. First light from IASI

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    September 28, 2006

    After 3 weeks in decontamination, the IASI instrument was activated yesterday and is now in pre-operational mode. The first image and first atmospheric spectra obtained suggest the instrument is functioning correctly.

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  4. Herschel challenges old ideas on star formation

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    May 6, 2010

    After Planck last week, it is now the turn of Europe’s Herschel space observatory to deliver its share of surprises. The infrared telescope—in orbit for just a year—has called into question our traditional theories about how stars are formed.

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  5. IASI measuring ozone pollution

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    December 30, 2008

    CNES’s IASI instrument on the MetOp-A satellite has enabled French scientists to retrace an ozone pollution episode from space. This kind of capability will help to improve air quality prediction models.

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  6. Planck first light survey reveals promising results

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    September 22, 2009

    The European infrared telescope has sent back its 1st images of the early Universe. Cosmologists and astrophysicists the world over are now looking forward to a treasure trove of data.

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