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The origin of the Betelgeuse stellar wind revealed by the first 3D images

Except for the lightest elements (H, He and Li), atoms are formed inside the stars, throughout its life, by nuclear reactions. But they need to escape. Among the most efficient […]

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Adoption of the Comet Interceptor space exploration mission

The Comet Interceptor space mission has just been adopted by the European Space Agency (ESA) to be the next mission to explore the Solar System. Developed in collaboration with the […]

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Detection of cosmic fullerenes in the Almahata Sitta meteorite

In the framework of an international collaboration (1), a team from Toulouse (IRAP, UT3-CNRS-CNES) has just published the first unambiguous detection, in a meteorite, of buckminsterfullerene (C60) and other fullerenes […]

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SuperCam Scientists Honored by SAF

On May 21, 2022, Pernelle Bernardi (Observatoire de Paris – PSL) and Sylvestre Maurice (IRAP) are awarded, by the Astronomical Society of France, the International Astronautical Prize. “The International Astronautical […]

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The SF2A Young Researcher 2022 Prize is awarded to … Audrey Coutens

Press release of the SF2A Audrey Coutens is an assistant astronomer at IRAP since 2021, and she carries out her research on the interstellar medium and the formation sites of […]

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F-CELT: an EquipEx+ for the French contribution to the Extremely Large Telescope instruments

In 2027, the largest optical telescope ever built will see its first light at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Named ELT, for Extremely Large […]

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The ChemCam team awarded by the Explorers Club

The engineering team of the ChemCam instrument on the Mars rover Curiosity has received a Citation of Merit from the The Explorers Club academic society, which promotes scientific exploration and […]

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How to combine images from space telescopes?

The data transmitted by probes and orbital telescopes must be processed to be used by scientists, and their sensors provide several types of images with different properties. Nicolas Dobigeon, a […]

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Perseverance collects the first Martian sounds

Nasa’s Perseverance robot, which has been roaming the surface of Mars since February 2021, has recorded for the first time the “sound environment” of the Red Planet. An international team […]