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  1. Venus Express to launch on November 9

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    7 Novembre 2005

    After a launch delay of several days, Venus Express is now all set to go. The European spacecraft dedicated to studying the atmosphere of Venus will launch atop a Soyuz-Fregat vehicle on 9 November from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. CNES is a partner on this mission.

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  2. IASI ready for the lift-off

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    26 Septembre 2006

    The big day is fast approaching for IASI! After 3 abortive attempts in July, the launch of the MetOp satellite carrying the IASI instrument is now all set for 7 October. The Soyuz launcher and its payload are undergoing final preparations before lift-off.

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  3. Venus Express readying for the off

    Date de publication:

    9 Août 2005

    The big day is nearing for Venus Express, the European spacecraft dedicated to studying the atmosphere of Venus. After completing the final phase of functional testing, the spacecraft has now arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where it will be launched atop a Soyuz-Fregat vehicle in October. CNES is a partner on this mission.

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  4. AMINO to probe the origins of life

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    2 Décembre 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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  5. COROT’s Christmas gift to CNES teams

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    28 Décembre 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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  6. IASI to acquire new data for weather forecasting

    Date de publication:

    31 Mai 2006

    Europe’s weather forecasting system is set to benefit soon from a new series of spacecraft, with the 1st of the MetOp satellites set for launch on 17 July. Its payload includes IASI1, an instrument developed by CNES that will acquire highly accurate vertical profiles of the atmosphere for the 1st time.

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  7. EPM on Columbus working like a charm

    Date de publication:

    26 Février 2008

    The human physiology experiment module on the Columbus orbital laboratory was successfully activated Saturday by Léopold Eyharts. This is good news for the CADMOS facility in Toulouse, which is monitoring the module.

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  8. Les plats d'Alain Ducasse à bord de l'ISS

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    28 Septembre 2006

    Caponata, cailles rôties au Madiran, céleri rave en délicate purée à la noix de muscade, rice pudding aux fruits confits… Non, ceci n’est pas le menu du dernier restaurant à la mode mais bien celui de l'astronaute européen Thomas Reiter, à bord de l'ISS depuis juillet dernier. Concoctés par les chefs d'Alain Ducasse Formation, les plats viennent d'être livrés en orbite par un vaisseau Progress...

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