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  1. Source of Saturn’s kilometric radiation revealed

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    November 13, 2018

    Using data from the Cassini mission, scientists are unravelling the mechanisms that drive auroral radio emissions at Saturn’s poles, which are key to understanding certain characteristics of the giant ringed planet. Laurent Lamy, an astrophysicist at the LESIA space and astrophysics instrumentation research laboratory (Paris Observatory) and lead author of an article on the subject in the journal Science, gives us the details.

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  2. SuperCam and its super sensors

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    March 31, 2021

    The French Space Agency (CNES) has reported the first images obtained on Mars using the Remote Micro-Imager (RMI) of the SuperCam instrument (the French contribution to NASA JPL PERSEVERANCE Rover) during the CNES Press Conference. The instrument provides high resolution (<70 µrad per pixel) color images for planetologists.

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  3. DORN, the French instrument on the Chang’e 6 mission

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    December 18, 2019

    The lander on China’s Chang’e 6 mission will be carrying the DORN radon detection instrument with the goal of studying its outgassing from the lunar regolith and how this radioactive gas and other species like water are transported in the Moon’s exosphere. Launch is planned in 2023.

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  4. Soyuz successfully orbits Metop-C satellite with French IASI instrument from Guiana Space Centre

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    November 7, 2018

    During the night of 6-7 November, Soyuz accomplished a flawless launch from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, placing the European Metop-C (Meteorological Operational Polar) satellite into Sun-synchronous polar orbit with the French IASI instrument (Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer). Metop-C was built by Airbus Defence & Space for Eumetsat, the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites. This was Soyuz’s 19th launch from the CSG and its second this year from French Guiana.

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  5. Mission

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    July 11, 2017

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  6. PILOT maps the Milky Way’s magnetic field

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    November 15, 2017

    The black hole at the centre of our galaxy is surrounded by a very dense loop of gas and dust. This loop’s magnetic field has now been revealed by PILOT, a stratospheric balloon-borne experiment being conducted by CNES and the IRAP astrophysics and planetology research institute.

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  7. Solar fireworks for Calipso

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    August 21, 2017

    On 14 July, a solar flare threatened the Calipso mini-satellite, placing the CNES operational team on high alert.

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  8. Kick-off of the optical instrument development

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    May 31, 2016

    CNES selected Airbus Defence and Space to build the optical instrument for MicroCarb to map CO2 levels

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  10. Mission

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    August 26, 2014

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  11. Clouds

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    August 1, 2014

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  12. Detection of the first extragalactic gamma-ray pulsar

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    November 19, 2015

    It is the most luminous gamma-ray pulsar ever observed that has been detected by two scientists from LPC2E (Laboratoire de physique et chimie de l'environnement et de l'espace, CNRS/Orleans University) and from IRAP (Institut de recherche en astrophysique et planétologie, CNRS/Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier), with their American colleagues from NASA in an international collaboration.

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  13. European payload selected for ExoMars 2018 surface platform

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    December 4, 2015

    Two European instruments and four European contributions on two Russian instruments have been selected for the Russian-led science platform that will land on Mars as part of the ESA–Roscosmos ExoMars 2018 mission.

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  14. Aerosols

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    August 1, 2014

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