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Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft has successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu and collected the first sample from its surface. As it touched the asteroid, the spacecraft fired a 5-gram bullet made of tantalum onto the surface to dislodge particles and collect them with its sampling instrument.

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Data captured by ESA’s galaxy-mapping spacecraft Gaia has revealed for the first time how white dwarfs, the dead remnants of stars like our Sun, turn into solid spheres as the hot gas inside them cools down.

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Every week at the Physics Faculty of the „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași a few milligrams of artificial interstellar dust are produced. The result comes from the project “Synthesis of Interstellar Dust Analogs by Plasma Methods (2017-2018)”, financed by the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) through The  Research, Development and Innovation STAR Programme - Space Technology and Advanced Research.

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On 14 January 2019, Dr. Phys. Marius-Ioan Piso, President of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) and Mr. Christodoulos Protopapas, Chairman of the Hellenic Space Agency (HSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding cooperation in the field of space activities for peaceful purposes, in the presence of the Greek Minister for Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, Mr. Nikos Pappas.

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Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year from the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA)!

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