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ESA’s Solar Orbiter will be launched from the Kennedy Space Center in the USA on a mission to study the Sun up-close.

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The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) invites interested researchers to submit biology research ideas to be conducted on the International Space Station. The European Space Agency (ESA) issued a call for ideas to ramp up biology experiments in space and take findings further. The deadline is 12 February 2020.

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A prototype oxygen plant has been set up in the Materials and Electrical Components Laboratory of the European Space Research and Technology Centre, ESTEC, based in Noordwijk in the Netherlands. It is producing oxygen and metal out of simulated moondust.

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Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA) announced at the beginning of January the signature of a launch services contract for the Euclid satellite. The mission, supported by Romania among other countries, has a timeframe for liftoff starting in mid-2022 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

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At the end of December 2019, the names of over 110 exoplanets and their host stars selected in the IAU100 NameExoWorlds campaign were announced at a press conference in Paris (France). Within the framework of the International Astronomical Union’s 100th anniversary celebrations in 2019, 112 countries, including Romania, organised national campaigns that triggered the direct participation of over 780 000 people worldwide, who proposed and selected names for each exoplanet and its host star. 

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