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  1. Space debris: CNES working to clean up space

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    August 9, 2011

    The sheer numbers of space debris objects now in Earth orbit are obliging space agencies to adopt measures to sustain the long-term utilization of space. CNES is working to tackle this issue on the United Nations COPUOS committee.

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  2. European space cooperation, CNES and ESRIN meet to discuss Earth-observation programmes

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    July 18, 2017

    Tuesday 18 July, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall met ESA Director of Earth Observation Joseph Aschbacher at ESRIN, the European Space Research INstitute, to discuss the Earth Observation Envelope Programme (EOEP), future trends in this field and additions to the Copernicus Space Component.

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  3. 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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  4. French reports to COSPAR

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    July 15, 2010

    Every two years, the CNES produces an activities report to COSPAR (Committee on Space Research).  

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  5. Cluster reaches 10th year studying Sun-Earth connections

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    August 13, 2010

    It is now a decade since the U.S.-European Cluster quartet of satellites began their mission in space - a good time to review the results of a programme dedicated to the sometimes turbulent Sun-Earth relationship.

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  6. First Pléiades satellite to launch 16 December

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    December 7, 2011

    The first of the 2 Pléiades satellites is set to be orbited on 16 December by a Soyuz launcher from the Guiana Space Centre, ushering in a new generation of Earth imagery to add to the existing panoply.

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  7. CoRoT- Exoplanet revealed in February is Earth-like

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    September 22, 2009

    CNES’s space telescope detected its 1st Earth-like exoplanet in 2008. Ground observations have now confirmed it is a solid, rocky world.

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  8. Second Pléiades satellite to launch 1 December

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    September 17, 2012

    1 December, a year after the launch of Pléiades-1A, Pléiades-1B will join its twin satellite in orbit at an altitude of 694 km. The Soyuz launcher is set to lift off from the Guiana Space Centre at 3:02 CET.

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  9. TOSCA symposium sees rich harvest of results from research proposals over last five years

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    March 23, 2017

    Bringing together some 300 researchers, the symposium organized by CNES’s TOSCA solid Earth, ocean, land surfaces and atmosphere committee took place on 21 and 22 March. The event highlighted notable progress towards an integrated analysis of the Earth system.

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  10. Earth

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    November 7, 2016

    Earth is the 3rd planet in the solar system, lying between Venus and Mars.

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  11. Biarritz 2009

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    July 15, 2010

    The prospective seminar 2009 took place in Biarritz from the 16 to the 19 march.

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  12. SOHO spots its 2,000th comet

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    January 20, 2011

    On 26 December 2010, the SOHO spacecraft clocked up its 2,000th comet. Helping in its quest, a network of devoted amateur astronomers keenly pores over each image acquired by the probe’s U.S.-European coronagraph.

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  13. GOCE redraws the map of Earth’s geoid

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    April 29, 2011

    After 2 years in orbit, ESA’s GOCE satellite recently unveiled the latest 3D map of Earth’s geoid, the reference surface that serves to measure elevations.

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  14. COSPAR 2012

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    July 4, 2012

    The 39th assembly of COSPAR took place between July 14 and July 22, 2012 in Mysore (India).    

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  15. COSPAR 2010

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    July 15, 2010

    The 38th assembly of COSPAR took place between July 18 and July 25, 2010 in Bremen (Germany).      

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