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  1. Final rehearsal for GAIA teams

    Date de publication:

    12 Septembre 2013

    From 2014, Europe's GAIA satellite will gather billions of items of observational data on stars and other celestial objects in our galaxy. But are the data processing centres ready and able to handle such huge volumes of information on a daily basis? To find out, a dress rehearsal was held in early September.  

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  2. Mission accomplished for CoRoT

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    24 Juin 2013

    After a mission that lasted twice as long as planned, CNES’s CoRoT spacecraft—capable of listening to the music of the heavens and hunting for exoplanets—is to be retired from service. Its remarkable haul of results has enabled scientists to progress from detecting exoplanets to studying them in close detail, while opening a new window into the inner workings of stars.

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  3. Planck reveals the first moments of the Universe

    Date de publication:

    21 Mars 2013

    13.8 billion years ago, the Big Bang set off a sudden phase of inflation that stretched the primordial Universe at least 1026 times in less than a blink of an eye.

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  4. CoRoT’s haul of 25 exoplanets

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    4 Janvier 2012

    After 5 years in orbit, CNES’s space telescope just keeps on surprising with the quality of its observations. Olivier La Marle, astrophysics programmes coordinator at CNES, reviews its achievements so far.

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  5. CoRoT uncovers a new Sun

    Date de publication:

    14 Juin 2010

    Since 2006, CNES’s CoRoT satellite has been probing the stars in our Galaxy. With the data it has amassed, an international team has discovered a star that vibrates just like our own Sun.

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  6. Herschel challenges old ideas on star formation

    Date de publication:

    6 Mai 2010

    After Planck last week, it is now the turn of Europe’s Herschel space observatory to deliver its share of surprises. The infrared telescope—in orbit for just a year—has called into question our traditional theories about how stars are formed.

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  7. COROT sets sights on Milky Way

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    14 Août 2006

    If you happen to take your holidays in a remote area away from city lights, summer is the ideal time to observe the Milky Way—that fog of stars that stretches across the night sky (and is in fact our own disk-shaped galaxy seen edge-on). This is where COROT, CNES’s exoplanet-hunting satellite, is looking at the moment.

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