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  1. A treat for comet watchers

    Date de publication:

    10 Mai 2006

    12 May, the main fragment of a disintegrating comet will pass within 10 million km of Earth. That’s close enough to see it through a pair of binoculars, just before dawn.

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

    Date de publication:

    4 Juillet 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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  3. Rosetta successfully swings by Mars

    Date de publication:

    26 Décembre 2006

    After swinging by Mars at an altitude of 250 km Sunday morning, Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft is now on track to continue its long journey to Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which it will reach in 2014.

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  4. Rosetta encounters a rare asteroid

    Date de publication:

    5 Août 2008

    The European Rosetta probe is set to encounter a small asteroid called Steins on 5 September. This flyby—halfway to the probe’s ultimate target, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko—will provide an opportunity to gather key information about a still poorly understood family of asteroids.

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  5. Rosetta to swing by Earth on 13 November

    Date de publication:

    8 Novembre 2009

    A few days from now, the European probe will make another Earth flyby and receive a gravitational assist towards its final destination, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The spacecraft will pass within 2,500 km of our planet.

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  6. Rosetta and Philae primed to uncover cometary secrets

    Date de publication:

    2 Mars 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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  7. Rosetta calls in on Earth flyby

    Date de publication:

    2 Mars 2005

    One year after launch from Kourou, French Guiana, the Rosetta probe will be just 2,000 km from Earth at the end of this week. So long to cover such a short distance? In fact, the probe is returning to our neighbourhood, having already completed one orbital revolution of the Sun. This first flyby close to Earth will boost Rosetta’s chase toward its target comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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  8. 40 years of French-Russian space cooperation

    Date de publication:

    21 Juin 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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  9. Exobiology: from the Cosmos to the laboratory

    Date de publication:

    5 Décembre 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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  10. Science teams to the fore

    Date de publication:

    31 Juillet 2008

    Every 2 years, CNES’s COSPAR report reviews advances in space science research. The latest report was given to attendees at the 37th COSPAR Scientific Assembly held in Montreal, Canada, 13-20 July. It is also available for download (see links).

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  11. Steins unveils its secrets

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    14 Juillet 2009

    Last September, the European Rosetta probe sent back pictures immortalizing a rare asteroid called Steins. Now, after in-depth analysis of data collected during the flyby, the small rocky body is starting to unveil its secrets.

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