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Neo-Narval, a new instrument at the summit of the Pic du Midi

Exoplanets are on a roll! This is evidenced by the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to the Swiss Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz for their discovery of the first […]

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Astronomers Take Action to Raise Awareness of Climate Change

The journal Nature Astronomy published on September 10, 2020, a series of articles written by astronomers on the relationship between astronomical research and the climate crisis. This edition underlines the […]

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Delivery of DPIX to CNES, the eyes of the camera ECLAIRs

The DPIX detection plan was delivered to CNES by IRAP, after several years of development that saw a succession of complex realization steps and tests, resulting in a perfectly operational […]

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Launch of the Mars 2020 mission – The Perseverance rover with the SuperCam instrument on board is on its way to Mars!

Thursday, July 30, 2020, successful launch of the Mars 2020 mission from Cape Canaveral, Florida! Aboard an Atlas V launcher, the Perseverance rover that carries the Franco-American SuperCam instrument begins […]

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ESA unveils the first Solar Orbiter images

The first images taken by Solar Orbiter, ESA’s new solar exploration probe, have just been unveiled by the European Space Agency. Solar Orbiter completed its “flight test” phase in mid-June […]

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The TAROT telescopes in the GRANDMA network to characterize the sources of gravitational waves

A new era of physics opened in 2015 with the detection of gravitational waves generated by the merging of black holes or neutron stars. The 2019-2020 gravitational wave detection campaign […]

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PERSEVERANCE ROVER READY TO TAKE OFF TOWARDS MARS

On Tuesday 30 June 2020, Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of the CNES, and Antoine Petit, President and CEO of the CNRS, together presented the challenges of NASA’s “Mars 2020” mission, […]

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One step closer into the heart of the X-IFU

A new video about the spectrometer X-IFU (X-ray Integral Field Unit) is now available. You will discover the heart of the instrument: its X-ray detection chain. The spectrometer X-IFU is […]

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France delivers the NISP infrared spectrophotometer for the European space mission Euclid

After more than 10 years of design, manufacturing and testing, the Near Infrared SpectroPhotometer (NISP) was delivered to ESA on Monday 19 May 2020. It will be installed at the […]