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15.05

On 14 May, at 17:16:38 UTC, the Soyuz-40 mission was launched, having on board the first Romanian cosmonaut, Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu. The mission was part of the Intercosmos program and lasted 7 days, 20 hours, 41 minutes, 52 seconds. On 15 May, Soyuz-40 docked on Salyut-6 space station. Altogether, the crew orbited the Earth 124 times, a time during which the Romanian cosmonaut studied the Earth's magnetic field. There were also studies on the station’s orientation system and Earth observation studies over the territory of Romania.

13.05

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) has announced today the launch of the European Space Education Resource Office in Romania. Established as the result of a partnership agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA), ESERO Romania joins a European network of ESEROs which are now present in 10 European countries. The official launch event took place during the ‘Romanian Space Week,’ an annual scientific conference organised by ROSA between 12-16 May 2014.

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05.05

The heavy rainfall recorded during April and May 2014 in the south and south-west of Romania led to the flooding of many localities in the counties of Teleorman, Mehedinti and Dolj. The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) together with the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations and the National Meteorological Administration provided information and data to the Emergency Management Service, as part of the European Earth Monitoring programme (Copernicus). Based on these data and on the satellite images immediately acquired it is possible to create a set of maps in order to objectively identify the affected areas.

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26.04

The heavy rainfall recorded between 18-20 April in southern Romania led to the flooding of several localities in the Vedea hydrographic basin. Hundred of houses have been damaged and four people died. The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) together with the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations and the National Meteorological Administration provided information and data to the Emergency Management Service, part of the European Earth Monitoring programme (Copernicus). Based on these data and on the satellite images immediately acquired it is possible to create a set of maps in order to objectively identify the affected areas.

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23.04

Between 2000 and 2013, a network of sensors that monitors Earth around the clock listening for the infrasound signature of nuclear detonations detected 26 explosions on Earth ranging in energy from 1-600 kilotons – all caused not by nuclear explosions, but rather by asteroid impacts. To put this data in perspective, the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945 exploded with an energy impact of 15 kilotons.

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