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  1. France-United States space cooperation CNES and NASA celebrate 25th anniversary of launch of TOPEX/Poseidon satellite altimetry mission by Ariane

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    August 11, 2017

    Thursday 10 August, CNES was with NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena to mark the 25th anniversary of the launch by Ariane of the TOPEX/Poseidon ocean altimetry satellite. On this occasion, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall met JPL Director Michael Watkins to reflect on the successes achieved in 25 years and to pave the way for closer space cooperation between France and the United States.

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  5. France-United States space cooperation- CNES, NASA and the JPL gather at the Toulouse Space Centre to celebrate 25 years of altimetry

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    September 8, 2017

    High-precision satellite altimetry to improve our understanding of the oceans and their role in climate change dates back to 1992. For it was then that the TOPEX/Poseidon satellite was launched—the result of close cooperation between CNES and NASA. In order to mark this 25th anniversary, on 7 September 2017 the CNES welcomed a large delegation from NASA and the JPL to the Toulouse Space Centre in France.

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  6. CNES’s OSTM/Jason-2 oceanography satellite mission marks its 10th year in orbit

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    June 21, 2018

    On 20 June, the OSTM/Jason-2 mission (Ocean Surface Topography Mission) will mark its 10th year in orbit. Initially intended for a three-to-five-year mission, the satellite is still operating after twice its design life. It has completed 47,000 orbital revolutions of our planet, acquiring measurements of unequalled precision from more than 300 million radar pulses.

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    August 22, 2016

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  8. SARAL/AltiKa to enhance understanding of Earth’s climate

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    September 17, 2012

    The French-Indian SARAL/AltiKa altimetry mission is scheduled to launch 25 February from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in southern India. Its goal is to enable closer monitoring of sea-surface height from space.

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  20. Jason-2: a family affair

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    May 27, 2008

    Jason-2’s main mission is to take over from its predecessor Jason-1 and assure data continuity. But the latest in the series of oceanography satellites is also carrying some new passengers. A brief tour of the “added extras” on Jason-2...

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