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Publishing date:February 18, 2021
Thursday 18 February, the Perseverance rover, carrying a suite of seven instruments including the French SuperCam, a greatly enhanced version of the ChemCam instrument already operating on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover since August 2012, set down in Jezero Crater, an impact basin 45 kilometres across, home to an ancient river delta that flowed 3½ billion years ago into a lake.
France-United States space cooperation- French science on Mars- InSight lands on Mars with French SEIS seismometer
Publishing date:November 27, 2018
Monday 26 November at 20:54 CET, InSight (INterior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) landed on Mars with the French SEIS seismometer (Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure), the mission’s main instrument, in the western portion of Elysium Planitia. Launched on the night of 5 May from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, InSight is now all set to begin its two-year mission to probe the red planet’s deep interior and attempt to answer the question taxing the minds of planetologists everywhere: Mars may have been habitable, but did it ever actually support life?
Publishing date:October 3, 2018
After its release from Hayabusa2 today just before 04:00 and a short free-fall descent at an estimated speed of 15 cm/s, MASCOT (Mobile Asteroid surface SCOuT) successfully landed at the MA-9 site in the southern hemisphere of asteroid Ryugu, after bouncing several times on the particularly inhospitable surface that is strewn with rocks (according to pictures taken by Hayabusa2’s camera from an altitude of 6 kilometres) and where temperatures are not yet known.