During its St Valentine’s Day flyby passing just 6 km from comet 67P’s nucleus, Rosetta’s OSIRIS-NAC narrow angle camera obtained an image with a pixel resolution of 11 cm showing the orbiter’s own shadow cast on the surface.
At the proposal of the Minister for Education, Higher Education and Research, the French government meeting in cabinet today reappointed Jean-Yves Le Gall as President of the French space agency CNES, which he has headed since April 2013.
A love story that lasted more than 15 years came to an end a little after 14:30 CET Saturday 14 February, on St Valentine’s Day, when the ATV-5 Georges Lemaître undocked from the International Space Station. Replay the live broadcast of the event here.
Monday 5 January, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall delivered his New Year wishes to members of the French and international press in the Salle de l’Espace at Paris Les Halles. This traditional gathering provided the opportunity to review a year of historic successes for CNES and to present the agency’s strategy and challenges for 2015.
A fleet of balloons providing an Internet connection to rural, remote and underserved areas: that is the goal of Google’s ambitious Project Loon. CNES is supporting this project with balloon engineering expertise for which it has acquired international acclaim over the last 50 years. CNES and Google are delighted to be working together to give new momentum to research efforts in this area.
Ariane 5 ECA orbited 2 telecommunications satellites, DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16, on 6 December 2014 after a 48 hours launch delay due to bad meteorological conditions in French Guiana. The launcher lifted-off at 17:40 (Kourou), 21:40 (Paris). Watch the launch replay online.
Tuesday 2 December, the Ministerial Council meeting of the European Space Agency (ESA) in Luxembourg gave spacefaring Europe the means to meet the major challenges that lie ahead. For Ariane 6, the common vision crafted by CNES, ESA and space industry partners received the backing of Europe’s ministers, who gave the programme the green light for a first launch in 2020.
Philae, the Rosetta mission’s lander, touched down on the nucleus of comet 67P on Wednesday 12 November at 15:34:54 UTC, 16:34:54 CET. The radio signal confirming this unprecedented feat was received on Earth a little later at 16:03 UTC, 17:03 CET.
Thousands of you responded to ESA's call to find a name for Philae's landing site, initially designated ‘Site J'. It has now been named Agilkia. This name was among the proposals from France shortlisted for the competition by CNES... and it was submitted by a Frenchman!
The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that its Rosetta spacecraft will deploy the Philae lander on 12 November. The chosen landing site will be finally confirmed on 14 October.