In forty years, only ten Frenchmen have traveled to the square

Astronaut, taikonaut, cosmonaut or astronaut? These four words refer to an entire person going out into space. An astronaut is an American, a Chinese taikonaut, a Russian cosmonaut and a European astronaut. The French who have visited space therefore belong to this last category. They are the only ten who have made this trip since … Read more

40 years ago, the first Frenchman in space (1/2)

Part 1: the meeting between the bear and the rooster Since the creation of the Cnes in December 1961, France has implemented its own space policy in the service of greatness and independence. But since the economic and technological means are not the two superpowers, Cne’s officials count on cooperation, also with the Soviet ideological … Read more

Traveling at the Speed ​​of Light: When Science Fiction Challenges Scientists

“Now, if we add a charge that would make an electrical energy in addition to the gravitational energy, it would make it possible to circumvent this problem and be repelled. [de l’autre côté du trou de ver]. Like a giant magnet, we would be attracted to the North Pole and then repelled by the South … Read more

In space swarms of debris

“Dangerous.” Irresponsible. » The outraged reactions from the United States and NATO flared up after the anti-satellite missile launch, which Russia carried out on 15 November. → ANALYSIS. Anti-satellite missile: space, a new battlefield for the great powers? By destroying one of its own defunct satellites, Russia deliberately generated “more than 1,500 traceable recyclable waste … Read more

Energy from space: China is advancing by two years a program pursued by NASA without success for 20 years

This screenshot taken at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center on July 4, 2021 shows a picture of the Earth from the perspective of the Tianhe Space Station. ©Jin Liwang / Xinhua / AFP Innovation China is working on launching a solar energy plant in space. This ambitious project should make it possible to redirect energy … Read more

Bourita: Atlantic Africa, a geostrategic space based on a common identity

Speaking at a joint press conference with Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama, Cape Verde Foreign Minister, Cooperation and Regional Integration Minister Rui Alberto De Figueiredo Soares and Foreign Minister Cooperation Francophonie, Regional Integration and Gabonese Abroad, Michaël Moussa-Adamo, at the end of it The 1st Ministerial Meeting of the Atlantic African States, crowned by the … Read more

These five planets that are unusually aligned and that you will be able to see if you get up early this June

Five planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) will be aligned and visible at dawn during this month. ©AU / AFP Space Throughout the month of June, a rare alignment of the major planets will take place and will be visible to the naked eye. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn meet in the sky at … Read more

Mystery: why are these two galaxies devoid of dark matter?

Half a century after Rubin’s work, astronomers have still not been able to directly observe dark matter. It neither emits nor reflects light. It does not interact directly with ordinary matter, although its gravity affects the behavior of observable objects such as stars and galaxies. Scientists also believe that dark matter is needed for galaxies … Read more

Ofeq 5 or security from space

On September 19, 1988, Israel placed its first artificial satellite Ofeq 1 into orbit using its national launcher Shavit, becoming a space force. Other satellites in the Ofeq (“Horizon”) series were launched in the following years. The goal is then to acquire space technologies, then reinvested in civilian applications (Eros), but also and above all … Read more

Boeing’s Starliner capsule passes the key test despite some hiccups

The capsule, which had no passengers on board, landed Wednesday night in the desert of the U.S. state of New Mexico. Starliner, Boeing’s space capsule, landed Wednesday night and successfully completed a crucial test mission for the company, which wants to prove its ability to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). also … Read more