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  1. COROT detects oscillations in 3 distant stars

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    2 Novembre 2008

    CNES’s COROT spacecraft has turned up 3 distant stars surprisingly similar to our own Sun. The discovery is the subject of an article this week in the prestigious American review Science.

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  2. Spot at 20

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    20 Février 2006

    20 years ago, the Spot adventure—which has orbited 5 satellites and acquired over 10 million images of our planet—began. 22 February 1986, the launch of Spot 1 marked the beginning of what was to become one of the world’s premier Earth observation programmes and is still a beacon mission for CNES today.

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  3. Huygens set for the big jump

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    15 Décembre 2004

    Six months after the arrival of Cassini-Huygens at Saturn, mission scientists are gearing up for a new phase. Like a Christmas present tumbling from Santa’s sleigh, the European Huygens probe will be cut loose from the orbiter on 25 December, before diving into Titan’s atmosphere 3 weeks later. Huygens is expected to improve our understanding of Saturn’s largest moon, the only one in the Solar System known to have a dense atmosphere containing organic molecules.

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  4. Back to the Sun

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    15 Décembre 2004

    The Sun and its impact on Earth’s climate is a topic of prime importance. The Picard project was first proposed in 1998 by the aeronomy laboratory of the French national scientific research centre (SA/CNRS). On 3 December, the CNES Board of Directors decided to authorize this project frozen since 30 April 2003, in line with the recommendations of its Science Programmes Committee. It will go live in 2008.

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  5. CNES and the International Polar Year

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    26 Décembre 2006

    2007 marks the start of the 4th International Polar Year, officially launched yesterday at the Palais de la Découverte in Paris. The last polar year was in 1957, so this one will be the first to benefit from space technologies—an important new element for scientists in many fields.

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

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    9 Juillet 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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  7. CoRoT- Exoplanet revealed in February is Earth-like

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    21 Septembre 2009

    CNES’s space telescope detected its 1st Earth-like exoplanet in 2008. Ground observations have now confirmed it is a solid, rocky world.

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  8. CoRoT mission extended for three more years

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    28 Octobre 2009

    The CoRoT spacecraft is approaching the end of its scheduled mission, but the space telescope’s rich haul of discoveries has left everyone wanting more. In concert with its partners, CNES has therefore decided to extend operations until 31 March 2013.

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  9. Odin turns four

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    20 Février 2005

    Launched on 20 February 2001, Sweden’s Odin minisatellite yesterday celebrated four years in orbit. The result of a partnership with France, Canada and Finland, Odin splits observation time equally between aeronomy and astronomy science. Initially scheduled to last two years, the Odin mission was extended for a further two years in 2003 on the basis of its excellent scientific results. The partners have now decided to continue funding for a 5th year.

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  10. CoRoT discovers “super Earth”

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    11 Février 2009

    CNES’s space telescope has “unearthed” the smallest exoplanet observed to date. The announcement was made last week at the 1st CoRoT International Symposium in Paris.

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  11. Demeter debuts science mission

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    23 Septembre 2004

    Launched on 29 June, the Demeter microsatellite (Detection of Electro Magnetic Emissions Transmitted from Earthquake Regions) is now on orbit and operational. But before embarking on its mission to study electromagnetic disturbances in the ionosphere associated with earthquakes and tremors, the satellite first had to undergo in-orbit checkout. Throughout the summer, the project team and scientists minded the first newborn in the Myriade series to monitor its flight performance.

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  12. Parasol captures first pictures

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    19 Janvier 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. CryoSat all set to monitor sea ice

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    15 Août 2005

    Like the ocean, glaciers and sea ice play a key role in climate processes, so we need to monitor them. Europe’s CryoSat satellite is set for launch this autumn to observe the cryosphere and study variations in the polar ice caps. CNES is providing the Doris precise-positioning instrument for this Esa mission.

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  14. COROT’s Christmas gift to CNES teams

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    27 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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  15. COROT moves up a grade

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    26 Décembre 2006

    Three months after launch, CNES’s COROT stellar seismology and exoplanet hunting mission is poised to reach a highly symbolic milestone. In a few days’ time, the project team that has watched over the satellite from its design stage will hand over to controllers tasked with operating it through to the end of the mission.

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  16. COROT discovers its first exoplanet!

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    26 Décembre 2006

    It’s called CoRoT-Exo-1b, spans a diameter of between 200,000 and 250,000 km and completes an orbit of its parent star in just 1½ days. But for the engineers and scientists involved in the COROT project, it is much more than that, providing spectacular proof that the satellite they spent years developing is operating like clockwork and is now set to go on to even greater things.

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  17. COROT discovers a new stellar oddity

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    5 Octobre 2008

    CNES’s space telescope has discovered a new object so exotic that astronomers aren’t sure whether to call it a planet. Named COROT-Exo-3b, the oddity is about the size of Jupiter, only 20 times more massive.

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  18. A busy 2 years in space for CoRoT

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    15 Janvier 2009

    Thanks to CNES’s CoRoT space telescope, which recently completed its 2nd year of observations, 5 exoplanets have already been identified and scientists are learning more every day about the inner structure of stars. Next up: the discovery of an Earth-like planet might not be far away.

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  19. SMOS heads for Russia on 16 September

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    9 Septembre 2009

    The SMOS Earth-observation satellite is all set to be flown from Cannes to Arkhangelsk, 200 km south of the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, in readiness for its scheduled 2 November launch.

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  20. T2L2: décortiquer la théorie d'Einstein

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    5 Novembre 2008

    Pari gagné pour l’instrument T2L2 embarqué à bord de Jason-2. Les premiers tests ont permis de comparer l’horloge bord de l’instrument Doris avec des horloges atomiques au sol. Les scientifiques continuent le calibrage de l’instrument.

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