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Live from the Sea of Tranquillity

Just fifty years ago, on July 21, 1969, a quarter of humanity had its eyes on the Moon. All together, all races, ethnic groups, religions combined, holding our breath, incredulous in front of the blurred and jerky images of the television set or raising our eyes towards the star.

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aliens

Aliens are on the minds of scientists. But where are they? Why are they mute? Do they look like us?

Gathered in Paris by METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence), scientists from around the world have been studying the question of extraterrestrials at the Cité des Sciences in Paris. The aim of this symposium was to discuss the strategy to be adopted to send messages to hypothetical extraterrestrial civilizations. Even if it feeds fantasies

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war of l'space

Is peace in space threatened?

As an important international meeting is being held in Geneva to lay the foundations for peace in space, Star Trek-style boot noises are being heard. Washington accuses Russia and China of an arms race in space. An escalation whose risk

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Chinese Moon

Moon: The dark side of China's ambitions

Fifty years after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps on the Moon, our natural satellite is once again arousing interest and excitement. On January 2, China landed its Chang'e-4 module on the far side of the Moon. A historic first on this unexplored side

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space love

Love: Moon lens!

Are you in love? You don't want a traditional proposal over a drink at the local restaurant? Then you'll have to get the moon! As of 2022, you can propose by flying over the lunar surface to the sound of "Fly Me to the Moon" from

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Drilling on Mars

Organic molecules linked to life discovered on Mars

NASA has just announced in a special press conference, held Thursday at 8 p.m. (French time), that it has discovered complex organic molecules and methane, all of which are linked to life, on Mars. This is important news, even if life, past or present, even microbial life, has not yet been discovered.

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Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking: The Triumph of Mind over Matter

Stephen Hawking passed away Wednesday at the age of 76. The image of him in a motorized wheelchair, his head tilted slightly to the side and his hands folded to operate the controls captured the public's imagination. An image-symbol of the triumph of spirit over matter. "As for

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ET

When Churchill was interested in extraterrestrial life...

While buried in the archives of a museum in Missouri, an article on the search for extraterrestrial life came out of the shadows 78 years after it was written. Its unlikely author is none other than the famous British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who wrote it on the eve of the second World War.

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meteorite

Ingredients of life discovered in tiny meteorites that fell to Earth

In 1998, two meteorites containing a fascinating mixture of chemicals crashed to Earth. They were piously preserved for years without anyone knowing what was in them. But today, based on a new analysis made possible by the most sophisticated equipment available today, scientists are able to determine whether or not the meteorites are still alive.

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Music from l'universe

The secret music of the universe

Does the universe play music? Is the cosmos an orchestra where each particle plays its own score? Or would there be only one string, vibrating like a violin? This vision of a harmonic universe, which, like the orchestra before the curtain, offers us a marvellous cacophony, is the one we are looking at.

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