My Romania – Dumitru Prunariu

We’ll start a series of articles that will be called “My Romania” in which we’ll bring to your attention things really worth mentioning, facts, characters, story places, events, holidays, etc..

There are things that we know it or not, we have forgotten or do not give importance to things that should make us proud to be Romanian, the fact that we have a wonderful country, Romania! My country! Because short-term memory, we tend to forget!

Yeah, maybe it sounds easy patriotic, communist, however you want to call it! But it’s true!We want our hotel blog, Hotel Alpin, to find topics that will pleasantly surprise every time, topics that are not 100% about hotel management, topics that will make you come back with pleasure and that will generate interest.

Therefore, today we will talk about Mr. Dumitru Prunariu who celebrated a few days ago aged 60.

He’s the first and only Romanian cosmonaut ever came into space. It seems to me this is intriguing. Why only one? Why before 90 ‘were made so many wonderful things in this country and now we’re zero at accomplishments? We refuse to get into other political polemics. It’s sad but true.

He was born in 1952 in Brasov, graduated from the Mathematics and Physics of Brasov, then attended the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, having as profession aeronautical engineer.

During the Soyuz 40 mission which took place from May 14 to 22, 1981 in the space program “Intercosmos” spent in space 7 days, 20 hours and 42 minutes, covering no less than 5.26 million kilometers.At that time, Dumitru Prunariu was the 103 th world cosmonaut who flew in space.

Even after 31 years, he remembers as well moments spent in space that describes him as “a black abyss with a well-defined color: black. Whether day or night, looking at the cosmos, everything is black. Because during the night the sunlight is not that strong, you can see the stars. It is just like on Earth, only on Earth you can see the blue sky, “he said Thursday on Radio Romania News.

If you want to know more details about his biography, detailed explanations about the unique experience he lived 31 years ago, we recommend you read the book “Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, a cosmonaut biography” written by Annie Musca.You have to say that last year, in 2011, in the event that marked the 50th anniversary of the first flight of a man into space (April 12, 1961 – Yuri Gagarin), Russian President Dmitry Medvedev decorated cosmonauts who contributed to explore outer space between them being mentioned Mr. Dumitru Prunariu.

 

 

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