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

  • Signing of a declaration of intent on maritime heritage between France and the United States

    John Armor, Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and Michel L’Hour, General Curator for underwater heritage, Director of the France’s underwater Archaelogy Researches Department of the Ministry of Culture (DRASSM) signed a joint statement on January 18, 2017 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. This declaration formalizes the solid cooperation existing between French and American scientific teams, established thanks to a rich common underwater cultural heritage and important new discoveries of wrecks engaging the joint history of our two countries.

  • 77th straight success for Ariane 5

    Ariane 5 completed a flawless launch from Europe’s spaceport at the Guiana Space Centre, orbiting two telecommunications satellites, SKY Brasil-1 for operator AT&T/DIRECTV and Telkom 3S for operator Telkom Indonesia. The flight marked the European launcher’s 77th straight success since 2003.

  • France-United States space cooperation CNES and NASA hold bilateral meeting

    Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s new Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, met CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall at CNES’s Head Office in Paris on February 1-2, 2017. This first meeting since his appointment provided the opportunity to review the priorities of CNES and NASA’s cooperation.

  • Soyuz launches Hispasat 36W-1 satellite from the Guiana Space Centre

    On Friday January 27, Soyuz accomplished a flawless launch from the Guiana Space Centre, Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, orbiting the Hispasat 36W-1 telecommunications satellite for Spanish operator Hispasat and marking its 16th straight success since 2011.

  • A look back on the fourth edition of the French-American Doctoral Exchange (FADEx) Program

    The fourth edition of the FADEx program was held in France from July 4 to July 8, 2016, with the support of Inria, CNRS, Société Informatique de France (SIF) and three “laboratoires d’excellence” (LabEx) established from the “Programme Investissements d’Avenir” (PIA). The FADEx program was created in 2014 by the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States. It aims to enhance scientific exchanges between American and French PhD students working in the same field of research in order to encourage the development of French-American collaborations. This program also serves as an opportunity for American students to better understand the French research system. This edition focused on cyber-physical systems.

  • Thomas Pesquet’s First Spacewalk

    Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was at the Toulouse Space Centre today to watch Thomas Pesquet’s spacewalk live, the fourth by a French astronaut and the first for 15 years.