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  1. New look for CNES

    Date de publication:

    6 Mars 2006

    On Earth, in Space is the mantra you are used to seeing on the CNES website. Recently, you will have noticed that our logo has received a makeover, too. Now, after a lengthy creative process, our website’s graphic design has been revamped to give the agency a new identity.

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  2. The human odyssey revisited by space technology

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    26 Décembre 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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  3. Closing in on extrasolar planets

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    27 Novembre 2005

    Preparations on the Corot satellite are entering the home straight, with a last series of tests designed to evaluate its performance and ability to withstand the mission environment, and final assembly operations. Intended to detect Earth-like planets outside our Solar System, Corot is scheduled to launch in autumn 2006.

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  4. Water divining from space

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    2 Décembre 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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  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. The Corot launch preparation campaign

    Date de publication:

    13 Février 2006

    The Corot launch preparation campaign is advancing on time and without a hitch, moving step by step toward its scheduled departure this autumn. This mission’s ambitious aim is to detect Earth-like planets outside our Solar System. We take a look behind the scenes at the work that has gone into readying this world-first satellite.

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  7. Jason-2 takes to the air

    Date de publication:

    6 Mai 2008

    Since 1992, altimetry satellites have significantly enhanced our knowledge of the world’s oceans. The Jason-2 satellite is all set to take over the ocean-observing mission of its predecessors Jason-1 and Topex/Poseidon. It recently arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in preparation for launch on 15 June.

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  8. New balloon campaign in Sweden

    Date de publication:

    5 Août 2009

    Part of International Polar Year, the Strapolété project will provide valuable data on the Arctic stratosphere in summer to further our understanding of ozone-climate interaction. The project is based on the deployment of CNES balloons and is being conducted in Kiruna, Sweden.

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  9. 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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  10. COROT sets sights on Milky Way

    Date de publication:

    13 Août 2006

    If you happen to take your holidays in a remote area away from city lights, summer is the ideal time to observe the Milky Way—that fog of stars that stretches across the night sky (and is in fact our own disk-shaped galaxy seen edge-on). This is where COROT, CNES’s exoplanet-hunting satellite, is looking at the moment.

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  11. 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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  12. New CNES website feature focuses on Space and Climate

    Date de publication:

    12 Octobre 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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  13. France and Japan strengthen cooperative ties

    Date de publication:

    28 Mars 2005

    As part of French President Jacques Chirac’s state visit to Japan, CNES President Yannick d’Escatha met his Japanese counterpart Keiji Tachikawa, President of the Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA). Both announced their desire to work even more closely together in space.

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  14. Calipso launch preparations

    Date de publication:

    13 Février 2006

    The launch of the Nasa/CNES Calipso satellite, postponed last autumn due to strike action at Boeing, is finally set to take place this week from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), California. We take a look at how Calipso has been preparing for the big day.

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  15. 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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  16. Calisph’Air/Science Travellers- Making science easy

    Date de publication:

    26 Juin 2007

    On 4 June, 150 programme participants met in Toulouse, France, to present their results. Another 200 fellow pupils also took part via a teleconference link-up.

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  17. SAFIRE studies the atmosphere from the air

    Date de publication:

    11 Août 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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  18. Winemakers turn to satellites

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    21 Octobre 2009

    A high-tech winemaker in the land of historic world-class vintages, Stephen Carrier at Chateau de Fieuzal in the Bordeaux region uses satellite maps to obtain precise information on vine vigour.

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  19. CNES at the Paris Air Show

    Date de publication:

    7 Juin 2005

    From 13 to 19 June 2005, CNES is at the 46th Paris Air Show. This year, the agency’s exhibition proposes to take professionals and public alike on a unique tour from space to Earth, in tribute to Jules Verne. CNES also has a special website dedicated to the air show, marking the centenary of Jules Verne’s death and celebrating the achievements of this great writer who was passionate about science.

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  20. MRO blazes trail for future Mars missions

    Date de publication:

    14 Mars 2006

    Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) reached its destination 10 March, 7 months after launch, and is now in position to gradually descend into a low science orbit around the Red Planet. Its mission to pave the way for future rover and crewed missions will end late in 2010.

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