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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. AMINO to probe the origins of life

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    December 2, 2008

    The 3rd exobiology experiment devised by the LISA laboratory in Créteil, France, supported by CNES, lifted off on board a Russian Soyuz launcher on 26 November. Called AMINO, it aims to study the viability of certain organic molecules in space, like for example those found in comets.

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  7. Jason-2: le fils dépasse le père

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    May 23, 2008

    Pour Jason-2, le défi principal consiste à prendre la relève de Jason-1 et assurer la continuité des données. Mais le dernier-né de la filière s'est vu confier d'autres missions et embarque de nouveaux passagers. Tour d'horizon des "petits plus" de Jason-2...

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  8. Mars: new terms for a new timescale

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    May 3, 2006

    Until now, the history of the planet Mars has been divided into 3 broad eras—the Noachian, Hesperian and Amazonian—based on morphological considerations and numerous geological hypotheses. However, new analysis by the Mars Express mission have called these established epochs into question.

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  9. First light from IASI

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    September 28, 2006

    After 3 weeks in decontamination, the IASI instrument was activated yesterday and is now in pre-operational mode. The first image and first atmospheric spectra obtained suggest the instrument is functioning correctly.

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  10. Cassini-Huygens mission- Titan one year on

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    January 10, 2006

    Cassini-Huygens is the 1st space mission dedicated to exploring Saturn and its system of rings and moons. One year ago today, Europe’s Huygens probe separated from the Cassini orbiter and landed on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. What have its findings taught us about this tantalizing new world?

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  11. PARASOL prépare sa chorégraphie

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    October 14, 2004

    Après le lancement de DEMETER, en juin dernier, le 2ème microsatellite de la filière MYRIADE se prépare au lancement. PARASOL devra notamment étudier l’impact des aérosols et leur interaction avec les nuages.

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  12. Parasol captures first pictures

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    January 20, 2005

    In orbit since 18 December 2004, the Parasol microsatellite acquired its first pictures on 7 January 2005. Parasol is set to help scientists gain a better understanding of the physical and micro-physical properties of clouds and aerosols. These first images also confirmed that the satellite, its payload and associated ground facilities are all working well. 

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  13. Planck to look back to the dawn of the Universe

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    April 20, 2006

    The European Planck satellite to be launched in 2008 aims to map the geometry and composition of the “1st light” of the Universe more precisely than ever before. But before seeking to answer such key cosmological questions, the satellite first has to withstand the extreme cold of outer space.

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  14. Long-duration ISS mission under the watchful eye of CADMOS

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    June 22, 2006

    Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off from Florida yesterday. European astronaut Thomas Reiter on board is en route to the International Space Station, where he will be spending 6 to 7 months aloft. This long-duration mission will be closely watched by the CADMOS1 centre in France, responsible for monitoring experiments on the station and communications between Reiter and teams on the ground.

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  15. COROT’s Christmas gift to CNES teams

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    December 28, 2006

    The French COROT satellite soared aloft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, today, leaving a 100-metre-long column of flames in its trail on the way to explore new worlds.

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  16. Climate- Calipso science data now available to scientists worldwide

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    December 1, 2006

    Unlike the mythological figure from which it takes its name, the French-U.S. Calipso mission dedicated to studying clouds and aerosols hasn’t waited 10 years to release its precious information. Less than 1 year after launch, science data gathered by the satellite are already available to the international scientific community.

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  17. IASI measuring ozone pollution

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    December 30, 2008

    CNES’s IASI instrument on the MetOp-A satellite has enabled French scientists to retrace an ozone pollution episode from space. This kind of capability will help to improve air quality prediction models.

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  18. XMM-Newton finds 1st intermediate-mass black hole

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    July 10, 2009

    A team of researchers supported by CNES has used the European space telescope to clearly identify a black hole weighing more than 500 solar masses.

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  19. Planck first light survey reveals promising results

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    September 22, 2009

    The European infrared telescope has sent back its 1st images of the early Universe. Cosmologists and astrophysicists the world over are now looking forward to a treasure trove of data.

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  20. Parasol livre ses premières images

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    January 18, 2005

    Les 1ères images produites par le microsatellite Parasol, en orbite depuis le 18 décembre dernier, ont été acquises le 7 janvier. Parasol fournira ainsi aux scientifiques des éléments pour mieux appréhender les caractéristiques physiques et micro-physiques des nuages et aérosols. Ces images valident en outre le bon fonctionnement du satellite, de sa charge utile et des moyens au sol.

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