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  1. European planetary exploration reborn with Venus Express

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    3 Juillet 2006

    Launched in November 2005, the Venus Express space probe has been studying the “morning star” since April 2006. Armed with a full suite of science instruments, the main ones developed with CNES support, it is today revealing Venus in all its surprising complexity. Earth and Venus are of similar size and mass, and they move around the Sun on relatively similar orbits.

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  2. Calipso flying high

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    1 Décembre 2006

    Orbited 28 April, the NASA/CNES Calipso satellite is designed to study the impact of clouds and aerosols on climate change. With the data validation phase of the mission drawing to an end, its 1st series of results is set to arrive this month. Calipso’s instruments have performed remarkably well since being switched on in May. “The instruments’ signal-to-noise ratio is even better than we expected,” confirms Jacques Pelon, Principal Investigator on the French side of the mission.

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  3. Demeter pulling out all the stops

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    11 Mai 2006

    Launched in 2004, Demeter is set to reach a new milestone on completing 2 years in orbit. Has this small experimental satellite succeeded in penetrating the mysterious ways in which earthquakes and the upper atmosphere appear to be linked? A science symposium in Toulouse, France, from 14-16 June will be presenting its 1st results.

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