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NASA's Curiosity rover has landed on Mars! Its descent-stage retrorockets fired, guiding it to the surface. Nylon cords lowered the rover to the ground in the "sky crane" maneuver. When the spacecraft sensed touchdown, the connecting cords were severed, and the descent stage flew out of the way.

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Romanian Space Agency, as co-ordinating organization for Space Technology and Advanced Research - Programme for Research, Development and Innovation, approved by Law no. 262/2011 regarding the ratification of the Agreement between Romania and European Space Agency (ESA) and Decision of the President of ANCS no.9031/23.02.2012, launches the Tender for Research, Development and Innovation Projects and the Tender for Strategic Projects.

The Tender is addressed to Romanian legal entities which have research and development as scope of activity.

In the framework of this opened Tender, RDI Projects will be financed (deadline for project proposals September 4, 2012 12:00PM) and Strategic Projects (deadline for project proposals August 27, 2012, 12:00 PM)

Decision of the President of ANCS no.9193/23.07.2012 for the launch of the Tender for Research, Development and Innovation Projects and the Tender for Strategic Projects. (*.pdf, 18.9 MB)

The official programme website can be found at the followind address:

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edicated to monitoring the weather from geostationary orbit, MSG-3 will be launched on an Ariane 5 from French Guiana.

The 29-minute window opens at 23:36 CEST. Live transmission from Eumetsat in Germany starts at 21:30 CEST.

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ESA’s Euclid mission to explore the hidden side of the Universe – dark energy and dark matter – reached an important milestone today that will see it head towards full construction.

Selected in October 2011 alongside Solar Orbiter as one of the first two medium-class missions of the Cosmic Vision 2015–25 plan, Euclid received final approval from ESA’s Science Programme Committee to move into the full construction phase, leading to its launch in 2020.

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On 21 May 2012, at the Metropolitan Library of Bucharest, the cosmonaut Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu released the book "Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu a cosmonaut biography" written by Annie Muscă.