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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Casolba, enhancing the quality of solar arrays

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    August 2, 2005

    On 7 July 2005, CNES successfully completed the Casolba mission, an important flight in the balloon campaign conducted in Teresina, Brazil. The mission served to calibrate satellite solar cells in near-operating conditions using a stratospheric balloon. Casolba flights are also used to support research into the characteristics of photovoltaic components beyond Earth’s atmosphere.

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  4. Project leader of the year is from CNES!

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    April 5, 2006

    Michel Bach, Parasol Project Leader at CNES, received on 4 April the Project Leader of the Year award in the Industrial Projects category at the 2006 Project Management forum held at the CNIT La Défense conference and exhibition centre, Paris.

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  5. Calipso soars skyward

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    May 3, 2006

    After a series of delays, the operational teams were growing impatient for the day they could announce the successful launch of the Calipso satellite and its 1st in-orbit operations. The sense of relief was tangible, following months of waiting that kept the teams on tenterhooks until the last few seconds…

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  6. Calipso satellite arrives in the United States

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    June 1, 2005

    The French-U.S. Calipso* satellite arrived 20 May 2005 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, to begin final preparations for its scheduled midsummer launch. Calipso is set to join 4 other satellites in the A-Train environmental observatory dedicated to observing clouds, aerosols and the water cycle.

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  7. New CNES website feature focuses on Space and Climate

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    October 13, 2005

    What are the obstacles currently limiting our understanding of global warming? What can Earth observation satellites see that we don’t detect from the ground? Have space technologies given us new insights into the climate processes involved? To mark the launch of the Calipso climate research satellite to study Earth’s atmosphere, CNES is devoting a special multimedia feature to space and climate on its website—giving a new perspective on climate concerns from the high ground of space.

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  8. Calipso ready to go

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    April 19, 2006

    Launch day is fast approaching for Calipso! Friday 21 April, the French-U.S. satellite will be orbited from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, ending a wait of several months after a series of postponements.

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  9. Rosetta and Philae primed to uncover cometary secrets

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    March 3, 2005

    Rosetta and Philae will be swinging past our planet on Tuesday 13 November to gain a slingshot assist from Earth’s gravity that will put them on course to rendezvous with their target comet in 2014. At the end of September, the Scientific Operations and Navigation Centre at the Toulouse Space Centre took advantage of a slack period in the mission schedule preceding this flyby to check out the science experiments it will be controlling.

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  10. SAFIRE studies the atmosphere from the air

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    August 12, 2009

    In 1947, the 1st airborne measurements began aiding scientists studying Earth’s atmosphere. Today, the SAFIRE joint research unit created in 2004 fulfils this data collection function.

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  11. HETE surveys a violent Universe

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    October 11, 2004

    Astronomers all over the world are holding their breath after the High-Energy Transient Explorer (HETE-2) satellite detected a trio of star explosions in September. The 3 powerful blasts, lasting only a few seconds, were gamma-ray bursts that might be linked to the explosion of a supernova, which could start appearing in the weeks ahead. The astronomy community now has its telescopes trained on the 3 stars…

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  12. Ultralight structures set to sail away in 2010- Sailing back to Earth

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    June 27, 2007

    In 2011, after it has completed its mission to investigate the equivalence principle, the Microscope satellite will become another spent piece of space debris in an already cluttered low-Earth orbit.

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