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34 years since the flight of the first Romanian cosmonaut in space, Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu

on 14 May 2015

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.

Together with the station crew - the pilot-cosmonaut from the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) Vladimir Vasilievici Kovalionok, seconded by the USSR pilot-cosmonaut from the USSR Victor Petrovici Savinîh - they ran during the flight a number of 22 scientific experiments, such as investigating changes in cerebral, central and peripheral blood flow, the study of Earth's magnetic field and its influence on living organisms, identifying new forms of existence of nuclear matter and so on.

Their return to Earth took place on 22 May 1981, at 16:58 Romania time, after 7 days, 20 hours, 42 minutes and 52 seconds.