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  1. CNES keeps a lookout for collisions in space

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    February 19, 2009

    Last week’s collision between the Kosmos and Iridium satellites was an exceptionally rare event. But with the growing field of orbital debris now encircling the planet, the ability to predict and avert such occurrences is today a key issue. CNES is at the forefront of efforts in this respect, keeping a constant watch over 15 satellites in low-Earth orbit and performing collision-avoidance manoeuvres when necessary.

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  2. Space, Defence and European Security

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    September 28, 2006

    19-22 September, the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) hosted a symposium on space, defence and European security in Kourou with CNES, ESA, European firms, the WEU Assembly and the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC).

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  3. CSG subcontractors reduce reliance on space

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    March 8, 2006

    As of end 2003, the Guiana Space Centre’s 64 suppliers, subcontractors and service providers employed close on 2,100 people. A survey conducted for CNES by INSEE*, France's national institute of statistics and economic studies, indicates that their total revenues fell only slightly, despite a downturn in space business in 2003. This good result is attributed to effective restructuring on the part of firms in the space sector.

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  4. 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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  5. 40 years of French-Russian space cooperation

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    June 22, 2006

    30 June 1966, France and the Soviet Union signed a cooperation agreement on the peaceful exploration of space. 40 years later, that bold political initiative has blossomed into a series of increasingly ambitious projects.

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  6. A CNES-Esa agreement on launcher Soyuz at the Guiana Space Center

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    July 22, 2005

    Soyuz is getting closer to French Guiana! While the alteration work is going on at the Guiana Space Center, French space agency CNES and Esa signed an agreement on the setting up programme. This gives a schedule for the Russian launcher’s installation at Europe’s spaceport. The adjustment for Soyuz begins in Guiana: launching expected in 2008!

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  7. ATV campaign at Guiana Space Centre draws to a close

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    February 25, 2008

    With just 2 weeks to go to the 1st flight of the ATV—Europe’s 1st uncrewed cargo vehicle designed to resupply the International Space Station (ISS)—from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), reconfigured to accommodate and launch this huge spacecraft, an unprecedented campaign is now drawing to a close…

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  8. Indonesia:International Charter on Space and Major Disasters swings into action

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    June 7, 2006

    Saturday 27 May, a big earthquake of magnitude 6.3 shook the Yogyakarta region in the south of Java. The same day, the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters was activated at the request of the German Red Cross.

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  9. Space in Strasbourg

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    October 7, 2008

    Strasbourg is the archetypal European city, making it the natural choice to host a large-scale space event during France’s turn at the helm of the EU presidency. This operation will be taking place in the city centre from 22 October to 5 November.

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  10. Deep Impact puts on a deep space firework show for Independence Day

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    July 5, 2005

    Yesterday morning, the impactor released by NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft smashed into its target comet Tempel 1, 6 months after launch. The spectacular, high-speed collision is a 1st in space exploration: Deep Impact’s goal is to provide a glimpse beneath the surface of a comet and unlock the secrets inside. In Europe, the Rosetta mission is on course to rendezvous with another comet, via a different route.

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  11. The human odyssey revisited by space technology

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    December 27, 2006

    What did the different branches of our distant hominid cousins have in common? To answer this question, 2 fossil skulls were scanned on 20 February by a machine called XtremeCT, initially designed for space medicine. The results of this unique scientific initiative were presented last week. A few millimetres under the surface of our teeth is an interface between two types of tissue: enamel, which gives us our gleaming white smile; and dentin, which underlies the enamel. The features of this interface are pretty constant within the same species, since they are genetically encoded.

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  12. Keeping an eye on epidemics from space

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    September 28, 2006

    Malaria, dengue fever, Rift Valley fever, West Nile virus and Chikungunya are all mosquito-borne diseases. What can we do to control these insects capable of spreading viruses throughout entire regions? Emerging alternatives to aggressive solutions are increasingly relying on space-based tools. Culling livestock or eradicating mosquitoes across an entire region is a costly business and can sometimes have harmful effects. But less radical solutions are now proving their worth, in particular mitigation and near-real-time monitoring using early-warning systems.

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  13. Water divining from space

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    December 3, 2008

    From 17 to 19 November, as part of the International Year of Planet Earth, scientists from all over France got together at UNESCO in Paris to share their experiences. What united them is that they are all using satellite and geodetic* measurements to study water on our planet.

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  14. 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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  15. CNES wins award for satellite collision risk management

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    June 23, 2008

    16 May, CNES engineer François Laporte, based at the Toulouse Space Centre, won the Best Paper of Symposium award at Space Ops 2008 for his contribution on operational management of collision risks for CNES satellites in low-Earth orbit.

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  16. Motivated women wantedWise study

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    March 21, 2005

    Imagine spending 60 days tilted with your head below your feet ... The MEDES* space clinic has selected 24 women to do just that for an international bedrest campaign to simulate conditions encountered during a space mission. Twelve of them have been lying (almost) flat since 19 March at the clinic in Toulouse, where the study gets underway today.

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  17. End of Wise bedrest campaign

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    May 19, 2005

    Back on their feet at last! The 1st Wise experiment campaign is now over for the 12 women volunteers, after 60 days months in a bedrest position to simulate the weightless conditions of space. The experiment will provide data on how the female body responds during space missions.

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  18. Syracuse 3A successfully positioned

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    November 2, 2005

    Teams at the Toulouse Space Centre have successfully positioned the Syracuse 3A military telecommunications satellite, launched by an Ariane 5 GS vehicle during the night of 13 to 14 October 2005 from the Guiana Space Centre for the French ministry of defence.

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  19. Esa Council meeting

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    December 9, 2005

    At the Esa Council meeting in Berlin on 5 and 6 December, ministers in charge of space from member states charted the future roadmap for Europe’s space programme. Discussions focused in particular on Mars exploration, ISS exploitation and European launchers, where major advances were made.

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  20. 2 months to go for Léopold Eyharts

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    March 28, 2007

    At the age of 50, Léopold Eyharts is readying for his second spaceflight. 6 December, he will embark on the U.S. Space Shuttle Atlantis for a flight to the International Space Station (ISS), where he will stay for more than two months. One of his tasks on this mission will be to commission the European Columbus laboratory.

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