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  1. Pierre Hermé presents “Planet” macaron, a poetic and epicurean tribute to Mother Earth

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    December 4, 2015

    The idea for a ‘COP21’ special macaron is the result of the meeting of French pastry chef Pierre Hermé and CNES, whose programmes are playing a key role in studying our planet and managing its resources. The ‘Planet’ macaron will be unveiled today at the opening of the COP21 Solutions event at the Grand Palais in Paris.

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  2. APPOINTMENT TO CNES EXECUTIVE- COMMITTEE JEAN AUSSAGUEL TO TAKE OVER AS DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING, EFFECTIVE 1 SEPTEMBER 2020

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    June 4, 2020

    Jean Aussaguel has been appointed as CNES’s Director of Accounting with a seat on the agency’s Executive Committee, effective 1 September 2020. His appointment follows the decision of Pierre Dentand, the current holder, to take retirement.

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  3. City of Paris names square after Hubert Curien in tribute to fifth President of CNES and first Chair of ESA Council

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    December 3, 2019

    Tuesday 3 December, Place Hubert Curien, on the corner of Rue Rataud and Rue Pierre Brossolette in Paris’s 5th arrondissement, was inaugurated in the presence of Frédérique Vidal, Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Laurent Fabius, President of the Constitutional Council, members of the Curien family and CNES President and ESA Council Chair Jean-Yves Le Gall.

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  4. IASI INSTRUMENTS OBSERVE EFFECTS OF HEALTH CRISIS ON ATMOSPHERIC POLLUTION

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    May 6, 2020

    The IASI (Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer) mission led by CNES in partnership with Eumetsat relies on three weather satellites in low Earth orbit: MetOp-A, launched in October 2006, MetOp-B in September 2012 and MetOp-C in November 2018. Each of these satellites is carrying a IASI instrument installed by CNES and built by Thales Alenia Space. Data from the three instruments support weather forecasting and are helping to monitor Earth’s environment and climate.

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  5. Strateole-2 balloon flight campaign launched from Mahé in The Seychelles

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    October 31, 2019

    Strateole-2 is an international Earth-observation programme using stratospheric superpressure balloons being led by CNES and a consortium of research laboratories attached to CNRS, the French national scientific research centre, including LMD and LATMOS at the Pierre-Simon Laplace Institute (see below). The programme’s goal is to study atmospheric dynamics in the intertropical zone. Three campaigns are planned from the autumn of 2019 to the spring of 2025 to acquire in-situ measurements and remote-sensing data from the balloons. The first balloon launch is scheduled from 1 November. The first two flights will be carrying ‘dummy’ gondolas without scientific instruments to see how the balloons and the onboard flight management system behave at the start of the flight. The window for the first four science flights runs from 17 to 30 November.

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  7. CNES AND SOUTH FRANCE REGION FOCUSING TOGETHER ON INNOVATIVE SPACE SOLUTIONS

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    February 19, 2020

    Tuesday 18 February, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Director of Innovation, Applications and Science Gilles Rabin were in Marseille at the invitation of Renaud Muselier, President of the South France (Sud) Regional Council and President of the French Regions association, and Bernard Kleynhoff, Chair of the Economy, Industry, Innovation, New Technologies and Digital Committee and South France Regional Councillor, to meet the region’s industry and research players. This gathering provided the opportunity to review the challenges facing the space sector and the ConnectByCnes structure conceived to fuel economic, environmental and social development.

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  9. CNES Science Programmes Committee Strict parity for 2019-2024

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    April 8, 2019

    Every five years, CNES renews its Science Programmes Committee (CPS). The CPS advises the CNES Board of Directors on the selection and oversight of the agency’s scientific programmes.

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  11. Pollution: New ammonia emission sources detected from space

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    December 6, 2018

    Researchers from the CNRS1 and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) have prepared the first global map of the distribution of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) by analyzing measurements taken by satellites between 2008 and 2016. The IASI interferometer developed by the CNES allowed them to catalog more than 200 ammonia sources, two-thirds of which had never been identified before. These sources are essentially sites of intensive livestock production and industrial activity. The team’s findings are published in Nature (December 5).

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  14. Satellite observations reveal secrets of dry tropical forest greening

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    August 13, 2018

    In dry tropical forests, vegetation takes up water at the end of the wet season and stores it during the driest season of the year. This large amount of stored water enables trees to flush new leaves about one month before the next rainy season. This surprising phenomenon has been revealed for the first time using satellite observations, mainly in the African region of Miombo (around four times the surface area of France), in a study coordinated by the University of Copenhagen and INRA in collaboration with the CEA, CNRS, CNES and Bordeaux Science Agro . These findings, published on 13 August 2018 in Nature Ecology and Evolution, will help researchers improve current Earth system models (which do not fully account for plant hydraulic mechanisms) and future climate change and water cycle projections in these regions of the world.

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  15. Opening of Cospas-Sarsat French Mission Control Centre and SAR-Galileo Service Centre

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    June 29, 2016

    Tuesday 28 June at the Toulouse Space Centre (CST), CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall officially opened the Cospas-Sarsat French Mission Control Centre (FMCC) and the SAR-Galileo Service Centre alongside Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director General with responsibility for space at the European Commission, Bruno Chazal, Chair of the Cospas-Sarsat Council, and representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the French civil aviation authority (DGAC) and the Directorate of Maritime Affairs (DAM).

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  16. Toulouse Space Show Fifth edition attracts record attendance

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    June 28, 2016

    CNES, the Occitanie regional council, Toulouse Métropole, the Toulouse Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Madeeli, the regional agency for economic development, export and innovation, backed by the European Commission, today officially opened the fifth edition of the Toulouse Space Show, at which India is guest of honour. This year’s event, running from Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 June at the Pierre Baudis Congress Centre, is resolutely focused on innovation, international cooperation and game-changing technologies.

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  17. CNES at EUCASS 2015 (European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences)

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    June 29, 2015

    Monday 29 June, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall spoke at the opening session of EUCASS 2015 in Krakow before an audience including Marek Banaskiewicz, President of the Polish space agency, and Pierre Buhler, France’s Ambassador to Poland. Other CNES representatives will be speaking at the event this week on a range of topics, especially microsatellites.

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  20. CNES R&T day on space systems of the future

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    January 28, 2015

    Thursday 29 January, 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., Pierre Baudis Congress Centre, Toulouse As it does every year, CNES is organizing a one-day event to present its new R&T plan designed to conceive the space systems of the future. Thursday 29 January, the agency is inviting the industry contractors and research laboratories with which it works, as well as its European partners, with a view to harmonizing R&T programmes in Europe.

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