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  1. 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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  2. Deux jeunes Français à l'International Space Camp

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    23 Juin 2004

    Chaque été, depuis 1990, l'US Space Camp de Huntsville (Alabama, Etats-Unis) organise une rencontre internationale de jeunes : l'International Space Camp. Du 24 au 31 juillet, des représentants de 29 pays seront réunis pour effectuer un stage d'initiation au métier d'astronaute et visiter le site de l'US Space & Rocket Center de Huntsville. Parmi eux, et pour la première fois depuis 1995, 2 jeunes Français : Laure Dieudonné (18 ans) et Jean-Baptiste Bertrand (15 ans).

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  3. IASI ready for the lift-off

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    25 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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  4. 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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  5. Venus Express readying for the off

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    8 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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  6. Parasol paints a striking picture of Hurricane Dean

    Date de publication:

    26 Décembre 2006

    The first satellite image of Dean on 16 August in natural colour gives a good idea of the hurricane’s extent, but not its depth. It also highlights variations in cloud cover density, albeit imperfectly. Data in false colour will give a clearer picture.

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  7. Unsettling time for AMINO in space

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    13 Janvier 2009

    The AMINO exobiology experiment supported by CNES was scheduled to be installed on the Russian module of the ISS on 23 December, but the EVA astronauts doing the job had to back-track after a last-minute electrical hitch.

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  8. La semaine du CNES au Bourget

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    20 Juin 2005

    La présence du CNES au 46ème Salon du Bourget est un succès. Grâce aux nombreuses rencontres qui ont ponctué la semaine, le CNES a renforcé ses partenariats avec les industriels et les agences spatiales étrangères. Avec l’exposition « De l’espace pour la Terre », le CNES est allé à la rencontre du public pour présenter ses activités et ses principales missions. L’enthousiasme du public était au rendez-vous.

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  9. Huygens: an emotional first encounter with Titan

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    16 Janvier 2005

    Friday evening, in Paris, a crowd of more than 2,000 filed into the auditorium at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie to witness the arrival of the Huygens probe on Titan. Huygens had already successfully landed at its destination earlier in the day. Now, everybody was eagerly awaiting the first sights and sounds from this distant world over 1 billion km from Earth. One of the first images taken by Huygens. Titan’s surface is darker than scientists expected and is likely a mixture of water ice and hydrocarbons. Crédits : ESA/NASA/University of Arizona

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  10. First clues from Titan

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    30 Janvier 2005

    14 January 2005. The Huygens probe is woken from a 3-week slumber by its internal clock, just 4 hours before arriving at Titan.

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  11. French Calipso Principal Investigator wins NASA award

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    30 Novembre 2006

    The French-U.S. Calipso satellite completed its 1st year in orbit on 28 April. To mark the occasion, Jacques Pelon, the Principal Investigator on the French side, has been awarded NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal in recognition of the contribution from CNES and the French scientific research centre CNRS to this key mission.

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  12. CNES sets sail with the Vendée Globe

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    18 Novembre 2008

    CNES subsidiary CLS will be tracking the skippers in the Vendée Globe single-handed round-the-world yacht race by satellite and providing fleet positions. It will also be testing out a brand-new system for detecting icebergs and estimating their drift. And 4 race skippers will be releasing buoys fitted with Argos transmitters to collect data for schools.

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