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  1. Exobiology: from the Cosmos to the laboratory

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    December 6, 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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  2. Launch no earlier than 2 January for Columbus laboratory

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    December 4, 2007

    The European Columbus laboratory will have to wait at least 1 more month before launching to the ISS. Sunday 9 December, a persistent malfunction of a sensor in the external fuel tank of the space shuttle Atlantis forced STS-122 mission managers to postpone the launch for a 4th time. Atlantis on its launch pad. Crédits : NASA

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  3. Science teams to the fore

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    August 1, 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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  4. MRO blazes trail for future Mars missions

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    March 15, 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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  5. Mars sample return mission taking shape

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    October 10, 2008

    The international conference organized by CNES and ESA in July, in Paris, provided the occasion to air several scenarios for a future Mars sample return mission. The next step will decide who does what.

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  6. Rosetta successfully swings by Mars

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    December 27, 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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  7. Calisph’Air/Science Travellers- Making science easy

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    June 27, 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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  8. Calisph’Air/Science Travellers project has the world in its hands

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    June 27, 2007

    From the sands of Morocco to city suburbs, passing through the foothills of the Pyrenees on the way, hundreds of pupils have joined together in the Calisph’Air/Science Travellers project to learn more about global warming issues. The final results of this first-rate educational programme are now coming in.

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  9. CLS- 20 years working for science and the environment

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    June 15, 2006

    Since 1986, CLS—a subsidiary of CNES and IFREMER—has been leveraging CNES’s expertise in processing transmitter signals received by satellites and working to safeguard the planet. Today, it is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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  10. Léopold Eyharts will bring Columbus to life

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    December 27, 2006

    A former test pilot and an astronaut since 1990, Léopold Eyharts is now training for his 2nd spaceflight, on the STS-122 mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery in October, which will be carrying Europe’s Columbus laboratory to the International Space Station. Eyharts will be staying on board the ISS for 2 months to oversee activation and checkout of the laboratory.

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  11. Balloons in equatorial environment

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    June 3, 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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  12. 2 months to go for Léopold Eyharts

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    March 28, 2007

    At the age of 50, Léopold Eyharts is readying for his second spaceflight. 6 December, he will embark on the U.S. Space Shuttle Atlantis for a flight to the International Space Station (ISS), where he will stay for more than two months. One of his tasks on this mission will be to commission the European Columbus laboratory.

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  13. Esa Council meeting

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    December 9, 2005

    At the Esa Council meeting in Berlin on 5 and 6 December, ministers in charge of space from member states charted the future roadmap for Europe’s space programme. Discussions focused in particular on Mars exploration, ISS exploitation and European launchers, where major advances were made.

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  14. Rosetta and Philae primed to uncover cometary secrets

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    March 3, 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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  15. CNES at the Paris Air Show

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    June 8, 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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  16. CRISP 2 flies crickets to the ISS

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    May 3, 2005

    It was strange music to the ears of Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori on his taxi flight to the International Space Station, accompanied by 14 female house crickets for the CRISP 2 biology experiment proposed by Ulm University and managed for ESA by CNES and CADMOS. This is the story of an experiment using these surprising insects to help us better understand the effects of gravity on neuron proliferation.

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  17. SAFIRE studies the atmosphere from the air

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    August 12, 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. Envisat and CNES balloons keep track of ozone

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    May 2, 2005

    Depletion of the ozone layer by human-induced chemical emissions is a cause for concern. To keep track of the situation, Europe’s Envisat satellite is studying variations in stratospheric ozone levels. Saturday 7 May, CNES launched a stratospheric balloon to validate the atmospheric measurements Envisat is acquiring from space.

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  19. Rosetta calls in on Earth flyby

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    March 3, 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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  20. COROT sets sights on Milky Way

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    August 14, 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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