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12.12

The partner agencies supporting the International Space Station will hold together with UNESCO a press conference on 18 December to preview the upcoming year-long expedition and to discuss the future of the ISS. The briefing will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, starting 17:00, Romania time.

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05.12

NASA has successfully launched Orion, the first mission since Apollo to carry a spacecraft built for humans to deep space. The spacecraft took off today, 5 December 2014, aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida. 

The cone-shaped spacecraft did not carry anyone inside its cabin but it is designed to take astronauts farther into space than ever before.

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05.12

On Wednesday, 3 December 2014, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched the Hayabusa2 mission from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan to rendezvous with an asteroid in 2018, when it will land a probe and three mini rovers on its surface, and then return samples to Earth.

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05.12

Update 8.12.2014: The image was featured on ESA's 'Earth from Space' podcast‏, the 'Romanian mosaic' edition. The podcast is available here.

The Image of the Week issued today by the European Space Agency (ESA), entitled "Romanian Mosaic", is dedicated to Romania and is the result of 15 scans made by Sentinel-1A’s radar in October and November this year.

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03.12

Following the European Space Agency (ESA) Ministerial Council, held in Luxembourg on 2 December 2014, Romania joined the European partners in two strategically important ESA programs: the International Space Station (ISS) and the development of Ariane 6 rocket.

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