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  1. Léopold Eyharts will bring Columbus to life

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    December 27, 2006

    A former test pilot and an astronaut since 1990, Léopold Eyharts is now training for his 2nd spaceflight, on the STS-122 mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery in October, which will be carrying Europe’s Columbus laboratory to the International Space Station. Eyharts will be staying on board the ISS for 2 months to oversee activation and checkout of the laboratory.

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  2. The 2nd WISE campaign begins

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    October 3, 2005

    After the 1st phase last spring, the 2nd WISE campaign is off to a start. The 12 new volunteers are preparing to spend the next 2 months in a bedrest position with their heads tilted below their feet. By simulating the effects of weightlessness in this way, WISE is helping scientists to study how the body reacts and to evaluate countermeasures to prepare astronauts for long-duration spaceflights.

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  3. CRISP 2 flies crickets to the ISS

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    May 3, 2005

    It was strange music to the ears of Italian astronaut Roberto Vittori on his taxi flight to the International Space Station, accompanied by 14 female house crickets for the CRISP 2 biology experiment proposed by Ulm University and managed for ESA by CNES and CADMOS. This is the story of an experiment using these surprising insects to help us better understand the effects of gravity on neuron proliferation.

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  4. Alain Ducasse Formation's dishes aboard the l'ISS

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    September 28, 2006

    “Caponata”, “Roasted quails in a Madiran wine sauce”, “Smooth celeriac purée with nutmeg”, “Rice pudding with preserved fruit”, all make up a mouth-watering menu, but not, as you might expect, from the latest trendy restaurant. In fact it is intended for Thomas Reiter, a European astronaut which reached the ISS last July. Reiter will be the first to taste these dishes in the weeks to come. As planned, the russian Progress spacecraft carried the meals yesterday.

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  5. 2 months to go for Léopold Eyharts

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    March 28, 2007

    At the age of 50, Léopold Eyharts is readying for his second spaceflight. 6 December, he will embark on the U.S. Space Shuttle Atlantis for a flight to the International Space Station (ISS), where he will stay for more than two months. One of his tasks on this mission will be to commission the European Columbus laboratory.

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  6. WISE volunteers reach halfway stage

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    April 27, 2005

    The 12 WISE volunteers are now more than 30 days into the campaign that got underway on 21 March. Confined to bed with their head tilted below their feet to simulate the conditions of spaceflight, they have got into a well-established daily routine.

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  7. End of Wise bedrest campaign

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    May 19, 2005

    Back on their feet at last! The 1st Wise experiment campaign is now over for the 12 women volunteers, after 60 days months in a bedrest position to simulate the weightless conditions of space. The experiment will provide data on how the female body responds during space missions.

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  8. 40 years of French-Russian space cooperation

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    June 22, 2006

    30 June 1966, France and the Soviet Union signed a cooperation agreement on the peaceful exploration of space. 40 years later, that bold political initiative has blossomed into a series of increasingly ambitious projects.

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  9. Motivated women wantedWise study

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    March 21, 2005

    Imagine spending 60 days tilted with your head below your feet ... The MEDES* space clinic has selected 24 women to do just that for an international bedrest campaign to simulate conditions encountered during a space mission. Twelve of them have been lying (almost) flat since 19 March at the clinic in Toulouse, where the study gets underway today.

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  10. Launch no earlier than 2 January for Columbus laboratory

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    December 4, 2007

    The European Columbus laboratory will have to wait at least 1 more month before launching to the ISS. Sunday 9 December, a persistent malfunction of a sensor in the external fuel tank of the space shuttle Atlantis forced STS-122 mission managers to postpone the launch for a 4th time. Atlantis on its launch pad. Crédits : NASA

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  11. Spirit of Gagarin hovers over French Guiana as Soyuz launch pad breaks ground

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    February 27, 2007

    A symbolic and important milestone has been reached on the road to the arrival of the mythical Russian Soyuz launcher in French Guiana. Numerous VIPs and representatives from CNES, ESA, Arianespace and the Russian space agency Roskosmos were at a ceremony to break ground for the new launch pad.

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  12. The human odyssey revisited by space technology

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    December 27, 2006

    What did the different branches of our distant hominid cousins have in common? To answer this question, 2 fossil skulls were scanned on 20 February by a machine called XtremeCT, initially designed for space medicine. The results of this unique scientific initiative were presented last week. A few millimetres under the surface of our teeth is an interface between two types of tissue: enamel, which gives us our gleaming white smile; and dentin, which underlies the enamel. The features of this interface are pretty constant within the same species, since they are genetically encoded.

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  13. Jules Verne ATV mission on the starting blocks

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    August 3, 2007

    After a 12-day voyage across the Atlantic, the Jules Verne ATV*—the first fully automatic uncrewed cargo vessel built in Europe—has arrived safely at the Guyana Space Centre (CSG) ahead of launch early next year. Under CNES supervision, the mission will be a major first for Ariane 5 and the CSG.

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