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Recent scientific news from France, or related to France and the USA, about discoveries, research policy and organizations.

  • French Scientist Sylvain Guiriec Receives Prestigious NASA Award

    The 2017 Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was awarded to Sylvain Guiriec “For contributions in understanding the nature of gamma-ray bursts via spectral studies and establishing them as standard candles and thereby as unique cosmological probes.”

  • CNES MAG n°74 Climate - One Planet Summit

    This 74th issue of the quarterly magazine Cnesmag is an opportunity to rediscover the unique role played by satellites in the continued observation of our Planet.

  • One Planet Summit World’s space agencies propose to set up a Space Climate Observatory

    On the eve of the One Planet Summit organized in Paris at the initiative of President Emmanuel Macron, the heads of the world’s space agencies met today at CNES Head Office. At this meeting focused on climate monitoring from space, three round tables addressed the topics of greenhouse gas monitoring, water resource management and the use of satellites in natural disaster management. The meeting led to the adoption of the Paris Declaration, which proposes to set up a Space Climate Observatory (SCO) to pool climate data acquired from space and make them readily available to the international scientific community.

  • Conference FACT-O in Vancouver: "Impacts of Climate Change on the Ocean: Focus on Deep Ocean and Biodiversity"

    The FACT-O Vancouver conference (« French Ameri-Can Climate Talks – Ocean ») took place at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum of the University of British Columbia (UBC) on November 17, 2017. It was thus organized on the last day of the COP23 and one month away from the « One Planet Summit » (Paris, December 12, 2017). Gathering over 110 attendees, the event focused on deep ocean and biodiversity and enabled the French and Canadian panelists to discuss the impact of climate change on these little- known ecosystems. It received the financial support of the Institut Français, the logistical and organizational support of the Alliance Française in Vancouver and took benefit from its partnership with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

  • Successful cryogenic tests for James Webb Space Telescope

    The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has successfully passed cryogenic tests at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston between August 22 and September 26, 2017. Tests have also proven a right alignment between the telescope and the instruments that were tested together for the first time.

  • France-Atlanta Event - Bridging the Sciences: Interview of Dr. Raymond Schinazi

    On the occasion of the France-Atlanta 2017 event, during the one-day conference on human viral infections, which gathered at Emory University the internationally renowned French and American experts and opinion leaders in their field, we were able to speak with Dr. Raymond F. Schinazi, who shared with us his opinion on this symposium.

  • Vega Successfully Orbits MOHAMMED VI - A Satellite for the Kingdom of Morocco

    On Tuesday, November 7, Vega accomplished a flawless launch from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre (CSG), orbiting the MOHAMMED VI - A satellite built by Thales Alenia Space on a bus supplied by Airbus Defence & Space for the Kingdom of Morocco. The launch was the 10th this year from the CSG and marks Vega’s 11th flight.