Going to Romania for Dorin Prunariu’s 35th space flight anniversary

Going to Romania for Dorin Prunariu’s 35th space flight anniversary

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My friend and Asteroid Day supporter Dorin Prunariu has invited me along with eleven space explorers (many of them are Asteroid Day supporters) to celebrate his 35th space flight anniversary. Dorin flew to space as part of Soyuz 40 which launched on May 14, 1981. This made him the first and only Romanian astronaut.


Update #3 – May 13, 2016

This morning Dorin and I went to the Rock FM radio station in Bucharest and spoke about his anniversary and Asteroid Day. They finished the programme off with Queen’s We Will Rock You which is always a perfect fit! Here is a picture. Later once we meet with the other space explorers.

At Rock FM in Bucharest. From Left to Right: Cristian Hrubaru (Program Director, Rock FM), Ruxandra Mocanu (Discovery Romania), Dorin Prunariu & Grig Richters.

Update #2 – May 12, 2016

I arrived in Bucharest and was escorted out of the plane by airport staff which made me feel very official and to be honest I can get used to skipping the line at immigration! The first thing the lady, who escorted me from the plane, told me was: “Welcome to Romania. It’s a wonderful country unless you’re a Vegetarian” to which I said: “Well, that’s a pity. I am a Vegetarian.” We both laughed.

In the evening I met with our Sponsor and Organisers from Discovery Channel Romania and Dorin took us to the Rotary Club Bucharest. Here is a picture of Dorin receiving one of many awards from his friends of the Club that evening:

Caption in English (Google Translate): 35 years since the first and the only fly in outer space a romanian astronaut. Congratulations Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu
Original Romanian caption: 35 de ani de la primul și singurul zbor în spațiul cosmic al unui astronaut român. Sincere felicitări Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu
Photo Credit: Paul Niculescu-Mizil

Update #1 – May 11, 2016

I will leave for Bucharest tomorrow morning (Thursday, May 12) and take part in the week-long activities organised by him and our media partner Discovery Channel Romania. Several of the activities taking place surrounding his anniversary are related to Asteroid Day and I will use this space to keep you informed about all the exciting things that are happening.