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  1. France-United States space cooperation- French science on Mars- InSight lands on Mars with French SEIS seismometer

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    November 27, 2018

    Monday 26 November at 20:54 CET, InSight (INterior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) landed on Mars with the French SEIS seismometer (Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure), the mission’s main instrument, in the western portion of Elysium Planitia. Launched on the night of 5 May from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, InSight is now all set to begin its two-year mission to probe the red planet’s deep interior and attempt to answer the question taxing the minds of planetologists everywhere: Mars may have been habitable, but did it ever actually support life?

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  2. A SURPRISING FIRST YEAR OF SCIENCE FROM THE MARS INSIGHT MISSION

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    February 24, 2020

    A new understanding of Mars is beginning to emerge from the first year of NASA's InSight lander mission. Findings described in a set of six papers published today reveal a planet alive with quakes, dust devils and strange magnetic pulses

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  3. Nuit des Idées, Thursday 31 January 2019- CNES’s Observatoire de l’Espace arts and science laboratory invites the public to Terra Incognita, an investigation of places that have marked the history of France’s space programme

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    December 19, 2018

    For the Nuit des Idées (Night of Ideas) event organized by the Institut Français, CNES’s Observatoire de l’Espace is inviting the public on Thursday 31 January 2019, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the agency’s Head Office in Paris, to a session of investigations on some the enigmatic places that shaped the early years of the space adventure, led by the GRACE space art and culture research group.

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  7. CNES’s Science Programmes Committee meets- Le Havre to host next Space Science Survey Seminar in October 2019

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    September 20, 2018

    Thursday 20 September, CNES’s Science Programmes Committee (CPS) met at the agency’s Head Office in Paris. The CPS advises the CNES Board of Directors on matters relating to space science research and helps it to shape the agency’s science priorities. Kicking off the meeting, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall reviewed the agency’s activities in the fields of universe sciences and Earth-observation. He also announced that CNES’s next Space Science Survey Seminar would be held in Le Havre in October next year.

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  10. France-United States space cooperation- French science instrument on InSight‘hears’ sound of Martian winds for the first time

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    December 10, 2018

    Teams at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, have begun checking out InSight on Mars after the excitement and tension of its successful landing on Monday 26 November. These operations have revealed what wind sounds like on Mars—a world first—thanks to recordings by two instruments on the lander, one of them the French SEIS seismometer.

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  11. MARS 2020 MISSION- PERSEVERANCE ROVER LANDS SUCCESSFULLY CARRYING FRENCH SUPERCAM INSTRUMENT

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    February 18, 2021

    Thursday 18 February, the Perseverance rover, carrying a suite of seven instruments including the French SuperCam, a greatly enhanced version of the ChemCam instrument already operating on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover since August 2012, set down in Jezero Crater, an impact basin 45 kilometres across, home to an ancient river delta that flowed 3½ billion years ago into a lake.

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  12. MARS 2020 MISSION- WATCH THE LANDING OF THE PERSEVERANCE ROVER AND ITS FRENCH SUPERCAM INSTRUMENT LIVE

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    February 9, 2021

    Thursday 18 February, just before 10:00 p.m. CET, the Perseverance rover will set down in Jezero Crater, an impact basin 45 kilometres across, home to an ancient river delta that flowed 3½ billion years ago into a lake—a site that could have preserved fossil traces of past life.

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  13. ExoMars 2016 en route to Mars

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    March 14, 2016

    Following its launch and initial orbital manoeuvres, the ExoMars 2016 mission is on its way to Mars, where it will seek and identify atmospheric components indicating recent geological or biological activity on the Red Planet. Once in Mars orbit, the mission’s satellite will study the planet’s atmosphere and evolution, while also providing a platform to relay telecommunications to Earth for later surface operations. This satellite will also release an entry, descent and landing demonstrator module (EDM) to measure parameters during its descent and landing. ExoMars 2016 is an ESA mission to which CNES and French research laboratories are contributing.

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  16. NASA AND CNES EXTEND INSIGHT MISSION AND FRENCH SEIS SEISMOMETER OPERATIONS ON MARS

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    January 21, 2021

    NASA has extended its InSight mission on Mars for two years, running through December 2022, with a high level of funding from NASA and from CNES for the French (SEIS seismometer) and international contributions it is coordinating.

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  17. ExoMars mission: Europe all set to land on Mars

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    October 17, 2016

    Wednesday 19 October, the ExoMars 2016 mission will insert its Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) into orbit around the red planet and release its Schiaparelli lander demonstrator for a controlled descent to the surface.

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  19. PERSEVERANCE ROVER- ALL SET TO LIFT-OFF FOR MARS

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    June 30, 2020

    Tuesday 30 June, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Antoine Petit, Chairman & CEO of CNRS, the French national scientific research centre, gave a joint briefing about NASA’s Mars 2020 mission that will be taking the French-U.S. SuperCam instrument on its Perseverance rover to the red planet. The mission is set to launch atop an Atlas V from Cape Canaveral in Florida between 22 July and 11 August.

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