Today marks 34 years since the first and only flight of a Romanian cosmonaut in space so far, Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, within the Intercosmos program. Launched on 14 May 1981 at 20:16 Romania time having on board together with the Romanian cosmonaut the Russian commander Leonid Popov, the Soyuz 40 spacecraft coupled to the orbital complex Saliut 6 on 15 May at 21:50 Romania time.
The prizes of the ESNC Regional Competition - Romania Challenge are provided by the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), the regional organiser, along with eight other partners: Institute of Space Science (ISS), National Institute for Aerospace Research "Elie Carafoli" (INCAS), Romanian Association for Electronic and Software Industry (ARIES), Romanian Association for Technology Transfer and Innovation (ARoTT), Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest (UTCB), University Politehnica of Bucharest (UPB), RARTEL and GMV Romania.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has teamed up with FutureLearn, a leading online learning platform, to offer the ‘Monitoring Climate from Space’ free online course that provides an introduction to monitoring climate change using satellite Earth observation.
Update 08.05.2015: The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) reports the Progress 59 cargo craft reentered the Earth’s atmosphere at 10:04 p.m. EDT (05:04 a.m. Romania time, 8 May) over the central Pacific Ocean.
The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has lost control of the Progress 59 cargo spacecraft launched successfully from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Tuesday, 28 April.