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  1. Fukushima- Forecasting radiation dispersal at sea

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    April 29, 2011

    In the wake of the nuclear accident at Fukushima in Japan, the SIROCCO research group in Toulouse, overseen by CNES, has been simulating the dispersal of contamination at sea using imagery from the Jason and Envisat satellites.

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  3. [CLIMAT] Réchauffement climatique et phénomène météo exceptionnel: décryptage de la canicule en Sibérie

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    August 13, 2020

    20 juin 2020 : la température atteint 38 °C à Verkhoïansk, une ville russe située au nord du cercle polaire arctique. Cette petite cité est également réputée pour avoir connu l’une des plus basses températures jamais enregistrées sur Terre (hors Antarctique).

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  4. Carbonates could be stable on Mars

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    November 24, 2010

    According to results obtained by the spaceborne UVolution experiment supported by CNES, carbonates would appear to withstand solar UV radiation. This is a significant discovery for Mars, since these minerals only form when water and certain bacteria are present.

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  5. STRATO SCIENCE 2015: PILOT lifts a veil of dust...

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    October 2, 2015

    With the aim of studying the microwave background radiation (traces of the intense heat in the Universe approximately 380,000 years after the Big Bang), the PILOT astrophysics gondola flew on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 21pm local time from Timmins, Canada. Under a 800,000 m3 balloon, the PILOT experiment collected scientific data for about 24 hours.

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  6. Solar Orbiter vs Parker Solar Probe: 2 missions, 1 objectif!

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    February 7, 2020

    Solar Orbiter, mission de l’ESA, partira de Cap Canaveral le 10/02/2020, destination le Soleil. Parker Solar Probe, mission de la NASA a elle décollé en 2018 et a déjà effectué quatre des 24 passages planifiés autour de notre étoile. Icare lui-même s’y était brûlé les ailes mais Solar Orbiter et Parker Solar Probe ont leur bouclier thermique ! Complémentaires, les deux sondes spatiales vont nous fournir des observations inédites du Soleil.

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  7. Organic matter would have a tough time on Mars

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    August 2, 2010

    The UVolution photochemistry experiment has delivered its 1st results. Certain organic molecules would be degraded by the Sun’s UV rays in space.

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  8. Planck reveals the first moments of the Universe

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    March 21, 2013

    13.8 billion years ago, the Big Bang set off a sudden phase of inflation that stretched the primordial Universe at least 1026 times in less than a blink of an eye.

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  9. French scientists all set for U.S. Glory mission

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    November 23, 2010

    NASA’s Glory Earth-observation science satellite is set to launch on 23 February from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. French scientists are taking part in this adventure with support from CNES.

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  10. Megha-Tropiques takes a step forward

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    October 13, 2004

     17 November 2004 CNES and ISRO, the Indian Space Research Organization, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to proceed with the development and implementation of the Megha-Tropiques mission. It outlines the arrangements for the development of the satellite, its launch, its operations in orbit and utilisation of the scientific data obtained from the satellite.

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  11. Unsettling time for AMINO in space

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    January 14, 2009

    The AMINO exobiology experiment supported by CNES was scheduled to be installed on the Russian module of the ISS on 23 December, but the EVA astronauts doing the job had to back-track after a last-minute electrical hitch.

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  12. Sulphur dioxide in the upper atmosphere of Venus

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    November 23, 2010

    Using data gathered by a measuring instrument on the Venus Express spacecraft developed with CNES support, an international team of researchers1 has found evidence of sulphur dioxide in the upper atmosphere of Venus.

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  13. Herschel et Planck honored with Space Systems Award

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    September 11, 2015

    Herschel and Planck project teams are this year's recipients of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space Systems Award.

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  14. Parasol satellite mission could be extended

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    January 19, 2011

    Parasol completed its 6th year in orbit on 18 December 2010. This mission to observe clouds and aerosols in Earth’s atmosphere has been a great a success for CNES, which is now considering extending it.

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  15. One step closer to the cosmic origins of life

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    November 23, 2010

    The IAS space astrophysics institute in Orsay, with support from CNES, has shown that organic matter from space may have played a key role in the appearance of life on Earth.

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  16. Herschel spies five new galaxies with cosmic ‘zoom lens’

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    August 20, 2010

    Thanks to a technique called ‘gravitational lensing’, Europe’s Herschel space telescope, in orbit since 2009, has been able to detect and characterize galaxies as they were 10 billion years ago.

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  17. Parasol prepares to enter the dance

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    October 18, 2004

    Following Demeter in June, Parasol, the second-up in the Myriade microsatellite series, is preparing for launch. Parasol will study the impact of aerosols and how they interact with clouds to give scientists a better understanding of Earth’s climate system.

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  18. Calipso to launch end October

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    September 20, 2005

    The Calipso satellite dedicated to studying the atmosphere will be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at the end of October.

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  19. Exobiology: from the Cosmos to the laboratory

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    December 6, 2007

    After 12 days in orbit, the Foton capsule landed back on Earth in Kazakhstan 26 September with its 43 scientific experiments intact. French exobiologists have since started working in the laboratory on samples returned from the European experiments on board.

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  20. Polder science data processing closes at CNES

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    February 15, 2006

    Between them, the Polder 1 and Polder 2 instruments dedicated to studying the Earth-atmosphere system operated for 15 months, accumulating a wealth of data products for the scientific community. Processing of Polder data is now over. Time to review the achievements of this original mission ...

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