France's ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet to fly to International Space Station in 2016 Geneviève Fioraso, France’s Minister for Higher Education and Research, Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall announced today ...Read more
[Send to a friend] [Print] Unprecedented international cooperation The first space stations In the early days, astronauts explored space in small and cramped capsules where they could only lie down. From 1971 to 1982, the USSR launched the successive Salyut space stations, which were larger ...Read more
From mir to the international space station [Send to a friend] [Print] As it turned out, the Russian space agency had no need for its $200 million insurance policy, for Mir's deorbiting was a total success. Russia's people felt a mixture of sadness and concern that a national symbol had passed ...Read more
Tightening international regulations [Send to a friend] [Print] The United States and Russian space agencies had to address orbital debris issues from very early on, mainly for their human spaceflight programmes. [Anti-debris test device installed on the international space station. Credits: Na ...Read more
[Send to a friend] [Print] Columbus enters home straight before ISS 17 May 2006 The Columbus laboratory is one of Europe's main contributions to the International Space Station. The European module recently completed integration at EADS ST and has now been officially delivered to Esa in readin ...Read more
2001, a Mir Odyssey [Send to a friend] [Print] In the years immediately following the first spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin in 1961, space exploration was limited to small, uncomfortable capsules with barely enough room for astronauts to crouch or lie down. It soon became clear that larger structur ...Read more
PRESS RELEASE [Send to a friend] [Print] CNES PRESS RELEASE April 5, 2004 CNES AND CAENORHABDITIS ELEGANS ON BOARD NEXT TAXI FLIGHT FOR ISS For Mission DELTA (Dutch Expedition for L ...Read more
[Send to a friend] [Print] ATV-CC The ATV operations control centre The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) is a partly automated cargo spacecraft. It is a major European contribution to the International Space Station (ISS), and the most complex vehicle ever developed by ESA. It is 3 times large ...Read more
Ariane 5's 69th launch a success ATV Albert Einstein safely on its way to the International Space Station Wednesday 5 June at 18:52 local time (23:52 CET), Ariane 5 completed a flawless launch from the Guiana Space Centre, placing into orbit ESA’s fourth Automatic Transfer Vehicle (ATV) ...Read more
PRESS RELEASE [Send to a friend] [Print] JOINT PR Paris, 24 April 2003 FOURTH SYMPOSIUM ON FRENCH-JAPANESE SPACE COOPERATION To step up current cooperation efforts in space and identify new joint project opportunities, Jap ...Read more
[Send to a friend] [Print] Long-duration ISS mission under the watchful eye of CADMOS 5 July 2006 Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off from Florida yesterday. European astronaut Thomas Reiter on board is en route to the International Space Station, where he will be spending 6 to 7 months aloft. ...Read more
“Moscow, we have a problem!” [Send to a friend] [Print] [Damages on the Spektr module and the solar arrays after a collision. Crédits : NASA] [/img/2008/imageZoom.gif] Damages on the Spektr module and the solar arrays after a collision. Crédits : NASA 1997 was marred by a series of near-catastr ...Read more
CNES at MAKS 2013 : International air and space show in Moscow CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall was in Moscow this Tuesday 27 August to attend the official opening of the MAKS 2013 international air and space show in Moscow. He took this opportunity to meet his fellow Russian officials, to discu ...Read more
[Send to a friend] [Print] Columbus bientôt en service 24 October 2007 6 December, the U.S. Space Shuttle Atlantis is set to lift off for the International Space Station (ISS) with a new key element of the giant orbital Meccano set: the European Columbus laboratory. [Columbus module. Artist vi ...Read more
CNES's ultra-precise PHARAO atomic clock in integration at the Toulouse Space Centre PHARAO is an ultra-precise atomic clock designed to vary by no more than one second in 300 million years. It is set to be used for an exceptional experiment in fundamental physics that will test Albert Einstein& ...Read more
ATV-3 docks with International Space Station The 3rd European ISS resupply craft docked with the station as planned Thursday 29 March at 0:31 CET. It will remain berthed to the orbital outpost for up to 6 months.Read more
CNES Home o About CNES About CNES Space central to today's key social concerns Meeting society's needs CNES facilities Cultural policy CNES Space Observatory ...Read more
A deceptive phenomenon [Send to a friend] [Print] There are many misconceptions about weightlessness. Here are 3 of the most common: Misconception number 1: “Weightlessness is caused by a vacuum”. [Imagined by Jean-Pierre Penot (CNES) and Bernard Nicolas, illustrated by Bernard Nicolas] [/img ...Read more
CP009-2008 - CNES and International Polar Year International Polar Year: The Spot 5 satellite at the service of glaciologists For the International Polar Year, CNES and Spot Image wished to participate in several current research programmes by creating a large archive of Spot 5 HRS ...Read more
[Send to a friend] [Print] Cardiomed Monitoring cosmonauts' health in real time The permanent microgravity environment of an orbiting space station offers scientists a particularly valuable testing ground . The International Space Station (ISS) thus has accommodates many European science proj ...Read more
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