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  1. "Voyageurs des sables" Six high-school pupils help to monitor desertification

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    26 Décembre 2006

    Guided by explorer Stéphane Lévin, a unique and demanding adventure awaits the 6 high-school pupils selected for the “Sand Travellers” (Voyageurs des Sables) expedition. With just 20 days left before departure, the youngsters’ dreams are getting closer to reality as they come to grips with scientific and technical concepts and follow an intensive training regime to acclimatize themselves to remote and harsh desert conditions. The 6 sand travellers are confidently, and somewhat impatiently, looking forward to embarking on their 12-day extreme adventure.

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  2. L’Ecotaxe des poids lourds, par satellite?

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    1 Juillet 2009

    Le principe est acquis et la loi est votée : en 2011, conformément aux conclusions du Grenelle de l’environnement, l’Ecotaxe kilométrique s’appliquera aux poids lourds qui transiteront en France. Le CNES apporte son appui technique à la réflexion.

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  3. Les archives du GEIPAN, un an après

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    24 Avril 2008

    Au printemps 2007, le GEIPAN, service du CNES chargé d’étudier les phénomènes aérospatiaux non identifiés, entamait la publication sur Internet de ses 30 années d’archives. Un an après, l’initiative a-t-elle tenu toutes ses promesses ? Bilan d’étape.

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  4. MyOcean – Ocean weather bulletins made in Europe

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    27 Avril 2009

    Mercator Ocean and the Midi-Pyrenees regional council recently launched the 1st European ocean monitoring and forecasting system that will provide a free service to give European citizens everywhere sea-state information at all times.

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  5. Syracuse is in orbit

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    9 Octobre 2005

    Ariane scores dual mission success : the launcher placed two payloads into geostationary transfer orbit of which the French Ministry of Defence’s Syracuse 3A military telecommunications satellite. This new satellite will support high-data-rate transmissions over very long distances from increasingly compact terminals. CNES is responsible for conducting the tricky satellite positioning phase on behalf of Alcatel Alenia Space.

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  6. Balloons in equatorial environment

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    2 Juin 2005

    A new balloon launch campaign is now underway in Teresina, Brazil, led by CNES in partnership with French and Brazilian research laboratories. In all, 10 flights are scheduled to send aloft a series of scientific and technical experiments.

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  7. GEIPAN UAP investigation unit opens its files

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    25 Mars 2007

    After 30 years of collating sightings and field investigations, GEIPAN*, the French unit responsible for researching and investigating unidentified aerospace phenomena (UAPs), is putting its archives on line. Making these records available to the public is the culmination of the new policy and focus the unit has adopted in the last few years.

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  8. Exobiology: from the Cosmos to the laboratory

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    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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  9. SAFIRE studies the atmosphere from the air

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    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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  10. Wind, sand and happy memories...

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    26 Décembre 2006

    Just back from their 2-week expedition to the Sahara, the “sand travellers” tell their story.

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  11. Jason-2: watching sea level and weather

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    29 Avril 2004

    Satellites monitor sea level, wave height, wind speed and current movements from space. Like its predecessors, Jason-2 will obtain all these data from altimeter range measurements.

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  12. A leap forward for oceanography

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    9 Juin 2008

    Over the last 15 years, altimetry satellites have been poring over the oceans in every detail, collecting more data in 10 days than could be gathered over several centuries by ships. This nascent revolution in oceanography promises to improve climate forecasting.

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