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  1. CNES SCIENCE PROGRAMMES COMMITTEE MEETS

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    December 3, 2020

    Thursday 3 December, CNES’s Science Programmes Committee (CPS) met remotely by videoconference in strict accordance with social distancing measures. The CPS advises the CNES Board of Directors on matters relating to space science research and helps it to shape the science priorities of the agency’s programmes.

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  2. Glacier melting: untangling local from global

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    May 12, 2021

    An international team led by the LEGOS space geophysics and oceanography research laboratory has measured the evolution of all the world’s glaciers over 20 years. On average, they are losing 267 billion tonnes in ice mass a year, a cumulative loss of 4% in just 20 years. The authors confirm this phenomenon is accelerating globally as temperatures rise and explains certain slowdowns observed locally.

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  4. CNES and VEDECOM sign partnership agreement Space science serving autonomous vehicles and sustainable mobility solutions

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    January 14, 2019

    Monday 14 January at the agency’s Head Office in Paris, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and VEDECOM President Rémi Bastien signed a partnership agreement aiming to foster synergies between the two organizations’ respective missions and areas of expertise.

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  5. Theia reveals annual mountain snow cover

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    March 19, 2021

    After developing single-date images of snow cover, the partners of the Theia land surfaces data centre are now generating the first satellite maps providing a synoptic picture of annual snow cover in the Alps and Pyrenees.

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  6. 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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  7. SuperCam and its super sensors

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    March 31, 2021

    The French Space Agency (CNES) has reported the first images obtained on Mars using the Remote Micro-Imager (RMI) of the SuperCam instrument (the French contribution to NASA JPL PERSEVERANCE Rover) during the CNES Press Conference. The instrument provides high resolution (<70 µrad per pixel) color images for planetologists.

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  8. Science and space outreach- CNES and Universcience strengthen partnership ties

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    June 27, 2018

    Wednesday 27 June in Paris, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Bruno Maquart, President of Universcience, signed a new partnership agreement to step up cooperation between their two organizations with a view to encouraging science and technology outreach and disseminating knowledge to a wide audience, notably younger generations.

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  10. SpaceBlower: a rocket to combat space debris

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    October 8, 2020

    SpaceBlower is a light suborbital rocket designed to eject a cloud of particles into the path of large non-manoeuvrable space debris. Its goal is to avoid collisions likely to generate thousands more debris fragments and thus to keep satellites and their orbits safe. Space Blower is a preliminary project initiated and funded by CNES and its partner Bertin Technologies (now CT France). Christophe Bonnal, senior expert at CNES’s Launch Vehicles Directorate, outlines what this project is aiming to accomplish.

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  11. Artemis programme: back to the Moon

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    October 16, 2020

    NASA’s Artemis programme plans to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon in 2024, followed by an exploration/prospection phase using the Gateway as a staging outpost and ultimately the construction of a lunar base starting in 2030.

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  12. CNES Science Programmes Committee meets- Outgoing committee hands over for 2019-2024

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    June 11, 2019

    Tuesday 11 June, CNES’s Science Programmes Committee (CPS) met at the agency’s Head Office in Paris Les Halles. 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.

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  14. Intense sequence for CNES, DLR and JAXA- Hayabusa2 and MASCOT arrive at asteroid Ryugu

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    June 27, 2018

    The Japanese Hayabusa2 space probe has reached the end of its 3.2-billion-kilometre journey with its passenger, the French-German MASCOT (Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout) lander. Launched in 2014, Hayabusa2 has completed three orbits of the Sun in four years, after which it began a few weeks ago its very slow approach to its final destination. Since today, Hayabusa2 is now escorting Ryugu at a close distance of some 20 kilometres, collecting images and data from this celestial object that spins on itself in a little more than seven and a half hours. MASCOT is scheduled to land on the asteroid in early October.

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  15. Solar storms impact Earth’s neighbourhood

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    December 16, 2019

    Fifteen years after they were first acquired, data from the Cluster mission continue to reveal new insights into the disturbances generated by solar storms when they hit Earth’s magnetosphere. For the first time, scientists have succeeded in measuring the complexity and amplitude of these magnetic wave disturbances using data from the CIS instrument on the four Cluster satellites.

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  16. DORN, the French instrument on the Chang’e 6 mission

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    December 18, 2019

    The lander on China’s Chang’e 6 mission will be carrying the DORN radon detection instrument with the goal of studying its outgassing from the lunar regolith and how this radioactive gas and other species like water are transported in the Moon’s exosphere. Launch is planned in 2023.

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  18. Forest fires in Chile CNES activates SPOT satellites to aid firefighters

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    February 1, 2017

    Chile has been suffering in recent weeks from a series of devastating forest fires. The SPOT satellites have been in action acquiring imagery of fire-affected areas for the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters.

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  19. What do we know about Mars’ interior?

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    November 26, 2018

    The first missions to reach the surface of Mars date back 40 years, but many mysteries still lie beneath its top layer of iron oxide. To delve deeper into the red planet, the InSight lander is carrying a system able to drill down to five metres and sound Mars’ surface over a radius of thousands of kilometres. Following its arrival on Mars, we talk about what we already know and what we hope to discover there with CNES’s Francis Rocard, head of Solar System Exploration programmes, and Philippe Laudet, SEIS project leader for InSight and head of the agency’s Astronomy and Astrophysics programme.

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  20. Three satellites shortlisted for Earth Explorer 10

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    October 19, 2018

    Three new satellite concepts have been selected by ESA to compete for its 10th Earth Explorer mission. The winner will join the agency’s environment and climate research programme in 2027-2028. We talk with Juliette Lambin, who heads CNES’s Earth, Environment and Climate programme, about the technical innovations the candidates are proposing and the scientific discoveries they promise.

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