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28th November, 2019

Cabinet aims to send a Hungarian into space

Hungary intends to send an astronaut into outer space in 2024 in co-operation with Russian firm Roscosmos, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó announced yesterday at the European Space Agency conference in Seville.

Stating that the space industry will be one of the most important industries in the future, he said this is another opportunity for Hungary to make progress, so it will focus on training the second Hungarian astronaut and sending him to the International Space Station, which appears feasible by 2024, he said.

The first Hungarian astronaut was Bertalan Farkas, who spent eight days in space with a Soviet colleague in 1980.

Szijjártó added that Hungary’s new external economic and foreign policy aspirations include a role in the peaceful utilisation of space.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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