Centimetres is the precision of satellite positioning data from the DORIS instrument operating on several missions (Sentinel-3A and Sentinel-3B, Sentinel-6, SWOT, etc.).
Million km from Earth is where the U.S.-European James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the successor to Hubble, will orbit. It has taken 20 years to build and will be launched by a special variant of Ariane 5.
Laser shots on Mars fired by the French-U.S. ChemCam instrument on the Curiosity rover since landing in 2012.
Billion euros in funding secured for Europe’s space programme for 2020-2022 (2020-2024 for mandatory programmes) at the Space19+ ESA Ministerial Conference in late November 2019 in Seville.
Orbital probes, spacecraft and observatories launched for science over the last 50 years from the Guiana Space Centre: from Gaia and Rosetta to the SPOT satellites, Planck, Herschel and ATV, CNES has hosted a plethora of emblematic ‘passengers’.
Young students hosted every year by CNES for their end-of-degree internship.
Tonnes is the weight of the Ariane 6 mobile gantry, the largest of its kind in the world.
New small satellites set to be orbited between now and 2022.
Engineers and executives, 37% of them women, make up CNES’s workforce.
In 2021, CNES is celebrating a legacy of 60 years fuelling dreams and advancing science and technology. Today, society is in need of space and at CNES we are ready for a new decade of space exploration with you.