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Space plays a vital role in contemporary social, economic and strategic arenas, benefiting a wide constituency of public and private interests.

Consequently, there is a growing interest in measures designed to enhance European Space Policy. Furthering the debate surrounding European Space Policy is a key objective of the C-SPACE project (Conditions for Space Policy And related action plan Consolidation in Europe), funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Program. The Project is coordinated by the Foundation for Strategic Research (based in Paris), and conducted by a consortium of European research organizations.

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The Romanian cosmonaut Dumitru Prunariu was elected for three years president of the Association of Space Explorers (Association of Space Explorers - ASE), which includes over 350 astronauts and cosmonauts from 37 countries. The association was founded in 1985 by 25 people who flew in space, coming from 13 countries, and the Romanian cosmonaut is one of the founding members.

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Friday, 16.09.2011, at ISU (the International Space University) in Strasbourg, the unveiling of the bust of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space. The event took place in the presence of cosmonaut Dorin Prunariu and Vladimir Remek, as well as faculty members and stundents of the International Space University.

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Apparently, something hit Jupiter during the early hours of Sept. 10th (11:35 UT), igniting a ferocious fireball in the giant planet's cloudtops. Amateur astronomer Dan Peterson Racine, Wisconsin, saw it first through his Meade 12" LX200 telescope. "It was a bright white flash that lasted only 1.5 - 2 seconds," he reports. Another amateur astronomer, George Hall of Dallas, Texas, was video-recording Jupiter at the time.

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The Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (Societatea Astronomică Română de Meteori – SARM) will hold at Sibiu, from 15 to 18 September 2011, the 30 th edition of the International Meteor Conference - IMC 2011, the annual event of the International Meteor Organization - IMO. The event will be attended by amateur and professional astronomers, meteor observers, researchers, academics, universities and research centers, astronomy societies and associations, representatives of international institutions: IMO, the International Astronomical Union, NASA, the European Space Agency, Southern European Observatory, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, etc.

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