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Soyuz orbits Sentinel-1A on 7th successful launch from French Guiana

April 03, 2014

The first satellite of Europe’s Copernicus programme was sent aloft today, Thursday 3 April, by a Soyuz launcher from the Guiana Space Centre as scheduled at 18:02 local time (23:02 CET).


Rosetta mission: Philae lander 'wakes up' as planned

March 28, 2014

The small robotic lander, which will be dropped onto comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November, was woken from its deep-space 'hibernation' today. This is a crucial milestone in the Rosetta mission, after wake-up of the orbiter in January. CNES is ready to receive the 1st science data from Philae.


French astronaut Thomas Pesquet to fly to ISS in 2016

March 20, 2014

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 Monday 17 March that French astronaut Thomas Pesquet will make his first spaceflight in late 2016.


Rosetta wakes up from deep space hibernation

January 20, 2014

Operators at ESA’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, received confirmation that the Rosetta spacecraft had woken up in the early evening of 20 January. After 10 years in space, the probe is now ready to pursue its path en route to comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.


Jean-Yves Le Gall: CNES in 2014 - “A chance for Europe”

January 06, 2014

CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall delivered his New Year wishes to the press at head office in Paris on Monday 6 January. He took the opportunity to chart the agency’s course and the challenges that await it in the year ahead.


GAIA successful launch on 19 December 2013

December 19, 2013

The European Space Agency’s GAIA satellite was sent aloft by a Soyuz launcher Thursday 19 December from the Guiana Space Centre. Watch the launch replay !


GAIA satellite to launch 19 December

December 18, 2013

ESA's GAIA satellite is scheduled to be sent aloft by a Russian Soyuz launcher from the Guiana Space Centre on 19 December 2013. Webcast start time : 8h52 (UTC).


François Hollande visits the Guiana Space Centre

December 17, 2013

French President François Hollande was in French Guiana on Saturday 14 December to visit the facilities at the Guiana Space Centre, accompanied by CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall.


Rosetta set to wake up on 20 January 2014

December 13, 2013

ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft, launched in 2004, is set to awake from its extended deep-space hibernation in less than 40 days as it nears its ultimate destination, comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Teams at the Toulouse Space Centre are preparing for the encounter.


Three Swarm satellites in Earth orbit

November 22, 2013

The Russian Rockot light launcher lifted off on schedule this Friday 22 November from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome carrying the three ESA scientific satellites dedicated to studying Earth’s magnetic field.

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