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Philae landing site selected

September 15, 2014

After a busy weekend at CNES in Toulouse, Rosetta mission managers have chosen Philae’s landing site: on 11 November, if all goes according to plan, Europe’s lander module will touch down at Site J, located on the ‘head’ of comet 67P.


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Rosetta: Five landing sites selected for Philae

August 25, 2014

Two and a half months before the long-awaited touchdown of Philae, scores of scientists from ESA, CNES, DLR and other agencies and laboratories convened at CNES in Toulouse this weekend, to draw up a list of five suitable landing sites on the nucleus of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P). Touchdown is still on-schedule for mid-November.

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ATV-5 docked with the International Space Station

August 14, 2014

Europe’s fifth ISS cargo resupply ship, sent aloft 30 July by an Ariane 5 launcher, reached its destination this Tuesday 12 August. The station crew will be opening the hatch in a few days’ time. See multi-camera footage of the final minutes of the docking sequence here.

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Rosetta reaches its destination

August 06, 2014

After flawlessly completing a 10th rendezvous braking manoeuvre since 7 May, Rosetta arrived today at its destination and is now 100 km from the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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A comet in two parts

July 17, 2014

The nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko seems to be composed of two parts. The latest pictures have caused something of a stir among scientists.

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Latest issue of bilingual CNESMAG now on line!

April 25, 2014

In the April issue: a special report on the Guiana Space Centre as it gears up for the future, a look at demonstrators and in the Guest Column, Florence Porcel, a blogger and journalist with radio station France Inter shortlisted for the international Mars One project.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.


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