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33 years since the first flight of the Romanian cosmonaut, Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu

on 15 May 2014

On 14 May, at 17:16:38 UTC, the Soyuz-40 mission was launched, having on board the first Romanian cosmonaut, Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu. The mission was part of the Intercosmos program and lasted 7 days, 20 hours, 41 minutes, 52 seconds. On 15 May, Soyuz-40 docked on Salyut-6 space station. Altogether, the crew orbited the Earth 124 times, a time during which the Romanian cosmonaut studied the Earth's magnetic field. There were also studies on the station’s orientation system and Earth observation studies over the territory of Romania.