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Following the selection of three Earth Explorer candidate missions to enter a first feasibility study in September 2018, ESA has chosen one of the candidates, Harmony, to move to the next phase of development. Harmony is envisaged as a mission with two satellites that orbit in formation with one of the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites to address key scientific questions related to ocean, ice and land dynamics.

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The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Bucharest.

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In early 2020, data from satellites were used to show a decline in air pollution coinciding with nationwide lockdowns put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. One year later, as lockdown restrictions loosen in some countries and regular activity resumes, nitrogen dioxide levels are bouncing back to pre-COVID levels.

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On 30 March 2021, the Berthelot T04 telescope of the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy carried out an observation campaign of two space objects in geosynchronous orbits, approaching at less than 20 km.

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On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to fly into space. 20 years later, on 12 April 1981 the first space shuttle was launched. „Yuri’s Night” is a global campaign to mark these events every year — a celebration of human presence into space, in the past, present and future.

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