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"Selfie" of Rosetta spacecraft at Mars

February 25, 2014
7 years ago to the day, the Rosetta spacecraft sent back a self-portrait taken just 250 km from the surface of Mars.

GAIA seen from the ground 1.5 million km from Earth

February 17, 2014
The satellite, launched on 19 December 2013, was observed by the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile.

CNES and NASA heading for Mars together

February 11, 2014
CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden signed an agreement Monday 10 February in Washington D.C. formalizing cooperation on the SEIS seismometer, the main instrument on the InSight mission to Mars.

Community of Ariane Cities revamps website

November 29, 2013
The French non-profit association whose prime mission is to bolster cooperation between cities and industrial organizations involved in the Ariane programme recently rolled out its all-new website.

Comet ISON has probably broken up

November 29, 2013
The comet passed very close to the Sun yesterday and probably did not survive its encounter according to observations by the SOHO satellite.

China set to land Jade Rabbit probe on Moon

November 27, 2013
Beijing plans to land its Moon rover on a previously unexplored region of Earth’s satellite. Launch is scheduled early in December.

Wildlife under close watch at the Guiana Space Centre

October 08, 2013
CNES and ONCFS, the French hunting and wildlife commission, have signed a 3-year research collaboration agreement to study big land mammals at the Guiana Space Centre.

ESA tests prototype ExoMars rover in the desert

October 04, 2013
The most ambitious field trial of a planetary rover ever performed by ESA will take place next week in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, where the environment is similar to what the rover will encounter on Mars.

NASA closed since Tuesday 1 October

October 02, 2013
Federal employees of the U.S. space agency have been furloughed and sent home due to the failure of the Democrat and Republican parties to agree on the 2014 budget—a first in 17 years.

Floods in Japan: satellites in action

July 29, 2013
The International Charter on Space and Major Disasters was activated Monday 29 July to aid relief efforts in southern Japan after the torrential rains there throughout the weekend.

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