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  1. Indonesia:International Charter on Space and Major Disasters swings into action

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    June 7, 2006

    Saturday 27 May, a big earthquake of magnitude 6.3 shook the Yogyakarta region in the south of Java. The same day, the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters was activated at the request of the German Red Cross.

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  2. ATV campaign at Guiana Space Centre draws to a close

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    February 25, 2008

    With just 2 weeks to go to the 1st flight of the ATV—Europe’s 1st uncrewed cargo vehicle designed to resupply the International Space Station (ISS)—from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), reconfigured to accommodate and launch this huge spacecraft, an unprecedented campaign is now drawing to a close…

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  3. 2009 will be the International Year of Astronomy

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    January 6, 2009

    Declared the International Year of Astronomy by the United Nations and UNESCO, 2009 will give professional and amateur astronomers alike a chance to share their passion with youngsters and the broader public.

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  4. Water divining from space

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    December 3, 2008

    From 17 to 19 November, as part of the International Year of Planet Earth, scientists from all over France got together at UNESCO in Paris to share their experiences. What united them is that they are all using satellite and geodetic* measurements to study water on our planet.

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  5. A ground station for Jason-2

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    September 26, 2006

    The Jason-2 altimetry satellite will take over from Jason-1 in 2008, extending the continuous series of ocean measurements acquired starting in 1992 with Topex/Poseidon. Ground stations for Jason-2 are already being deployed. One of them, at Usingen, Germany, entered service on 28 September.

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  6. A CNES-Esa agreement on launcher Soyuz at the Guiana Space Center

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    July 22, 2005

    Soyuz is getting closer to French Guiana! While the alteration work is going on at the Guiana Space Center, French space agency CNES and Esa signed an agreement on the setting up programme. This gives a schedule for the Russian launcher’s installation at Europe’s spaceport. The adjustment for Soyuz begins in Guiana: launching expected in 2008!

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  7. 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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  8. Controlling the ATV from Toulouse

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    August 3, 2007

    The ATV Jules Verne, the 1st of Europe’s transfer vehicles that will ferry supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), is set to make its maiden flight on 14 February 2008. Most ATV control operations will be performed from Toulouse.

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  9. Jules Verne embarks on an extraordinary journey

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    February 25, 2008

    Sunday 9 March, on its 37th launch—the first in its ES-ATV configuration—Ariane 5 successfully placed the European Jules Verne ATV into elliptical Earth orbit. In 3 weeks’ time, it will be approaching and docking with the International Space Station (ISS).

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  10. ATV- the European ISS resupply ship

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    August 3, 2007

    The Jules Verne, the first of Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicles designed to ferry supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), arrived at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou late in July. Since its arrival, CNES teams have been preparing the ATV for launch in specially altered facilities, under the watchful eye of the director of operations. It is scheduled to make its maiden flight on 31 January 2008, on a specially adapted Ariane 5 launcher.

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Space, Defence and European Security

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    September 28, 2006

    19-22 September, the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) hosted a symposium on space, defence and European security in Kourou with CNES, ESA, European firms, the WEU Assembly and the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC).

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  14. CSG subcontractors reduce reliance on space

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    March 8, 2006

    As of end 2003, the Guiana Space Centre’s 64 suppliers, subcontractors and service providers employed close on 2,100 people. A survey conducted for CNES by INSEE*, France's national institute of statistics and economic studies, indicates that their total revenues fell only slightly, despite a downturn in space business in 2003. This good result is attributed to effective restructuring on the part of firms in the space sector.

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  15. New CNES website feature focuses on Space and Climate

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    October 13, 2005

    What are the obstacles currently limiting our understanding of global warming? What can Earth observation satellites see that we don’t detect from the ground? Have space technologies given us new insights into the climate processes involved? To mark the launch of the Calipso climate research satellite to study Earth’s atmosphere, CNES is devoting a special multimedia feature to space and climate on its website—giving a new perspective on climate concerns from the high ground of space.

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  16. 40 years of French-Russian space cooperation

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    June 22, 2006

    30 June 1966, France and the Soviet Union signed a cooperation agreement on the peaceful exploration of space. 40 years later, that bold political initiative has blossomed into a series of increasingly ambitious projects.

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  17. Space in Strasbourg

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    October 7, 2008

    Strasbourg is the archetypal European city, making it the natural choice to host a large-scale space event during France’s turn at the helm of the EU presidency. This operation will be taking place in the city centre from 22 October to 5 November.

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  18. Deep Impact puts on a deep space firework show for Independence Day

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    July 5, 2005

    Yesterday morning, the impactor released by NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft smashed into its target comet Tempel 1, 6 months after launch. The spectacular, high-speed collision is a 1st in space exploration: Deep Impact’s goal is to provide a glimpse beneath the surface of a comet and unlock the secrets inside. In Europe, the Rosetta mission is on course to rendezvous with another comet, via a different route.

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  19. The human odyssey revisited by space technology

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    December 27, 2006

    What did the different branches of our distant hominid cousins have in common? To answer this question, 2 fossil skulls were scanned on 20 February by a machine called XtremeCT, initially designed for space medicine. The results of this unique scientific initiative were presented last week. A few millimetres under the surface of our teeth is an interface between two types of tissue: enamel, which gives us our gleaming white smile; and dentin, which underlies the enamel. The features of this interface are pretty constant within the same species, since they are genetically encoded.

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  20. Keeping an eye on epidemics from space

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    September 28, 2006

    Malaria, dengue fever, Rift Valley fever, West Nile virus and Chikungunya are all mosquito-borne diseases. What can we do to control these insects capable of spreading viruses throughout entire regions? Emerging alternatives to aggressive solutions are increasingly relying on space-based tools. Culling livestock or eradicating mosquitoes across an entire region is a costly business and can sometimes have harmful effects. But less radical solutions are now proving their worth, in particular mitigation and near-real-time monitoring using early-warning systems.

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