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  1. CoRoT discovers 7 new planets

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    June 14, 2010

    CNES’s exoplanet-hunting spacecraft has made a series of new discoveries, reaping a rich harvest of data to help scientists better understand these far-off “solar systems”.

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  2. CoRoT uncovers a new Sun

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    June 14, 2010

    Since 2006, CNES’s CoRoT satellite has been probing the stars in our Galaxy. With the data it has amassed, an international team has discovered a star that vibrates just like our own Sun.

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  3. Cardiomed to take the pulse of cosmonauts

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    January 29, 2010

    The Cardiomed suite of biomedical instruments developed by CNES is set to fly to the International Space Station on 5 February. It will allow Russian physicians to monitor cosmonauts’ health and conduct research on the cardio-vascular system.

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  4. Venus Express reaches its final destination

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    April 11, 2006

    After a 400-million-km cruise since its launch last November, Europe’s Venus Express space probe reached its destination on 11 April, with a series of complex manoeuvres to successfully take it into orbit around Venus.

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  5. Venus

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    August 6, 2003

    Of similar size and mass to Earth, Venus is sometimes considered its sister. The similarity stops there, however, and little is known about the evolutionary processes that created this peculiar planet.

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  6. Saturn

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    August 6, 2003

    Long thought to be the only planet with a ring system, Saturn is a gas giant much like Jupiter:

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  7. Neptune

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    August 6, 2003

    Neptune was the first planet to be discovered not through observation, but by predicting its existence using calculations based on the universal theory of gravitation.

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  8. Pluto

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    August 6, 2003

    The smallest and usually the most distant planet in our solar system, Pluto is unique as it is neither a terrestrial planet nor a gas giant. Another surprise is its orbit which, rather than being circular and very near the ecliptic plane like the other planets, is highly elliptical and tilted.

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  9. Mercury

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    August 6, 2003

    The closest planet to the Sun, Mercury is also the smallest of the telluric or Earth-like planets.

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