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  1. CNES SCIENCE PROGRAMMES COMMITTEE MEETS

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    December 3, 2020

    Thursday 3 December, CNES’s Science Programmes Committee (CPS) met remotely by videoconference in strict accordance with social distancing measures. The CPS advises the CNES Board of Directors on matters relating to space science research and helps it to shape the science priorities of the agency’s programmes.

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  3. What do we know about Mars’ interior?

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    November 26, 2018

    The first missions to reach the surface of Mars date back 40 years, but many mysteries still lie beneath its top layer of iron oxide. To delve deeper into the red planet, the InSight lander is carrying a system able to drill down to five metres and sound Mars’ surface over a radius of thousands of kilometres. Following its arrival on Mars, we talk about what we already know and what we hope to discover there with CNES’s Francis Rocard, head of Solar System Exploration programmes, and Philippe Laudet, SEIS project leader for InSight and head of the agency’s Astronomy and Astrophysics programme.

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  4. STRATEOLE-2: the LOAC particle counter joins the Zephyr gondola

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    June 19, 2018

    In early February, the LOAC particle counter was delivered to the integration and test platform in Guyancourt. Its integration for the flying balloons Strateole-2 project took place without any issue!

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  5. France-United States space cooperation- InSight Mars exploration mission,first tests of French SEIS seismometer successful

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    December 5, 2018

    After the excitement and tension of its successful landing on Mars on Monday 26 November, InSight has started powering up and checking out its subsystems. The SEIS1 seismometer, supplied by CNES as lead contractor with the IPGP global physics institute in Paris as principal investigator working with teams at the French national scientific research centre CNRS, was tested out on Friday 30 November. Everything is nominal and the instrument is in great shape.

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  6. Strateole-2: Pico-SDLA, a new story for a balloon instrument

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    June 18, 2018

    Pico-SDLA is one of the instruments that has the highest number of flights under open stratospheric balloons. In January 2019, "to celebrate" the 20 years of this family of instruments, a new mission will begin: the adventure of long-term flights!

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  7. Contacts

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    September 20, 2016

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