The previous satellite, made in Toulouse and launched by Proton, was the unfortunate Ekspress AM-4 on 17 August 2011 which ended up in an unusable orbit and had to be plunged into the atmosphere so that it was burnt up on 27 March 2012.
The next one, Luxembourg’s Astra 2F telecommunications satellite, is due to be launched in the last quarter of 2012.
The space adventure park in Toulouse has completely redesigned and renewed its permanent exhibitions. The result is an interactive immersion into man's enthusiasm for the stars.
On Monday 6 August the Mars rover Curiosity should land on the red planet. From today Enjoy Space and Cité de l’Espace are offering you the chance to follow this event on Twitter, and then by video, direct from the NASA JPL in California!
This is the mythical rocket par excellence, the one that launched Sputnik, the first satellite and Gagarin, the first man in space. The CSG, Guiana Space Centre, is now one of its launch bases: a historic achievement.