U.S. Embassy Hosts CAPSTONE Course for New U.S. General and Flag Officers

From October 11-15, the U.S. Embassy in Madrid hosted a CAPSTONE General and Flag Officer Course for nineteen newly selected U.S. general and flag officers. The course objective is to make participants more effective in planning and employing US forces in joint and combined operations. The CAPSTONE curriculum examines major issues affecting national security decision …

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Spanish Teams Solve Challenges at NASA Space Apps Challenge 2019

From October 19-20, the U.S. Embassy co-sponsored NASA Space Apps Challenge 2019 together with Spanish entrepreneurship NGO Celera, technology startup Ienai Space, and California-based business strategy consultant Propelland.  The event brought together 84 programmers, designers, engineers, and astrophysicists for a weekend to devise solutions to various challenges posed by NASA organizers.  Susan Chang, Director of …

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The U.S. and Spain Eliminate Double Taxation and Boost Economy and Jobs for Both Countries

On September 20, Ambassador Duke Buchan and the Secretaries of State for Finance and Foreign Affairs of the Government of Spain exchanged protocols to update our existing bilateral tax convention.  This update to the 1990 agreement will generate new investment opportunities, create new jobs and deepen economic relations between the U.S. and Spain. At the …

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Ambassador Duke Buchan III Op-Ed: The End of Double Taxation

The End of Double Taxation Ambassador Duke Buchan III   This article appeared in the  Friday 20, 2019 edition of ABC I arrived in Spain for the first time almost 40 years ago as a young student in Valencia, and later Seville. There, I learned about the wonderful culture of Spain, its friendly people and its rich traditions. Little did I …

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Launching IN3 Spain 2019

Ambassador Duke Buchan III, María Benjumea, Iñaki Arrola and Antonio Iglesias signed the public-private partnership on July 23 to officially launch IN3 Spain 2019. A collaboration between the U.S. Embassy, Asociación Chamberí Valley, Endeavor Spain and Spain Startup, IN3 is an event dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs and innovators with institutions and businesses in Spain and …

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U.S. Senate Approves Tax Treaty Protocols

This week, the U.S. Senate approved with bipartisan support four protocols to existing bilateral tax conventions with Japan, Luxembourg, Spain, and Switzerland.  Tax treaties are bilateral agreements that promote the fair, orderly, efficient taxation of income by the United States and our treaty partners.  Tax treaties increase certainty for taxpayers, mitigate the risk of double …

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Public Affairs Section Presents to Atresmedia Masters of Communication Students

On July 16, and for the second year in a row, the Information Assistant and Information Office Programs Director from the U.S. Embassy gave a talk on Public Diplomacy to EAE Master of Communication students. They discussed the differences between traditional and public diplomacy and explained how the Embassy’s Public Affairs Section functions. The representatives …

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Special Representative Abrams To Discuss Venezuela Crisis With Portuguese and Spanish Officials

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 8, 2019 Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams will meet with Portuguese and Spanish officials in Lisbon and Madrid April 9-11 to discuss the deteriorating situation in Venezuela. The United States, Portugal, and Spain support a Venezuelan-led transition toward free and fair elections. The United States …

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Master’s Students from Radio COPE-CEU Visit the U.S. Embassy

On April 4, students from the Master de radio COPE-CEU received a briefing from the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy staff on the practice of public diplomacy and how the Embassy’s public diplomacy initiatives are implemented. We appreciate the students interest and questions and thank them for joining us in this event. We look forward to the …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 1, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell today at the Department of State. The Secretary thanked the Foreign Minister for Spain’s efforts to support a return to democracy in Venezuela. The Secretary …

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Deputy Chief of Mission Ziff at International Paper Inauguration

On March 26, Deputy Chief of Mission Benjamin Ziff participated in the inauguration of the International Paper plant in Fuenlabrada, Madrid.  International Paper, the world’s largest pulp and paper producer, has been investing in Spain for over half a century. They operate seven cardboard box production plants and employ 1,200 people in Spain.

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FitChallenge 2019

Welcome to the FitChallenge 2019, the US Embassy’s competition for health! Over the next few weeks, Spanish staff, US diplomats and their families are embarking on a competition that is more just than a challenge: we plan to change our habits, eat healthy, exercise and lose weight. Only one group can win. Do you want …

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Celebration of the Military Colaboration between US and Spain

Ambassador Buchan and the president of  The Legacy , Eva García, offered a reception to recognize the strong collaboration between U.S. and Spanish military forces both now and throughout our shared history. The Ambassador emphasized that our two countries stand together in the defense of the freedom we share.  Not “YO SOLO”, as Bernardo de Gálvez declared …

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The American Experience that Changed my Life

“The American experience that changed my life.” Indeed, this is how two Fulbright scholars describe their experience in the United States thanks to this scholarship. Under this title, we  have launched two videos featuring the architect Begoña de Abajo and the sculptor Francisco Leiro , both Fulbright grantees from different years.  Begoña, received a scholarship to study in Chicago in …

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Ambassador Duke Buchan III Op-Ed: Now is the Time for Transition in Venezuela

Now is the Time for Transition in Venezuela Ambassador Duke Buchan III This article appeared in the Thursday, January 31, 2019 edition of El Mundo For the first time in many years, hope has returned to the streets of Venezuela.  The peaceful democratic opposition has rallied around Interim President Juan Guaidó to end the oppression, corruption, and starvation imposed on the people of …

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Celebration of Spain’s and the United States’ Common History at the Embassy

Today, Ambassador Duke Buchan welcomed delegations from the city of Astorga, capital of the Maragateria region of Spain, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, which this year promoted an institutional commemoration of the visit of John Adams to Astorga. In the photo above, they stand alongside the historic flag of the Fixed Regiment of Louisiana, …

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Students of Communication from the European University of Madrid Return to the Embassy

Students of Communication from the European University of Madrid return to the Embassy. After a first visit in which the Embassy explained to the students the objectives, priorities and ways of working in the Public Diplomacy Section, the students returned to tell us what they have been working on during these past weeks and presented …

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is the day Americans gather to enjoy food and family traditions together. On this, their first Thanksgiving in Spain, the Buchan children would like to share with you a video about a family tradition that they’ve brought to Spain from the U.S. It’s a story of setting down roots, nurturing a crop …

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International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology

STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON November 2, 2018 International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology We welcome the International Statement on Agricultural Applications of Precision Biotechnology. Precision biotechnology innovations, such as gene editing, will help our farmers and ranchers and others around the world to increase productivity and promote plant and animal health. The …

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We Keep Explaining Halloween!

Thank you Alberto Alonso for inviting us to your radio program “The Show with No Name” on Vaughan radio, and giving us the opportunity to explain Halloween! The Spokesman of the US Embassy, David Connell, described the most deeply-rooted traditions about this holiday, such as the famous ‘trick or treat’. If you want to know everything about Halloween, just …

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Fulbright Program Featured on “Education for Peace” Broadcast

We continue sharing more information about Fulbright! On October 23, the Embassy visited Julia Murga, Director of the “Education for Peace” broadcast on Radio5, RNE, to talk about this prestigious exchange program. U.S. Embassy Public Diplomacy Counselor and Co-President of the Fulbright Commission Stewart Tuttle, the Commission’s  Director General, Alberto López, and former President of …

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Secretary Mnuchin Statement on Digital Economy Taxation Efforts

Washington – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement today regarding digital tax proposals: “Treasury is working very closely with the OECD and our counterparts there to address issues of base erosion and fair taxation.  We believe the issues are not unique to technology companies but also relate to other companies, particularly …

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American Space Barcelona Expands Its Activities to New Libraries in Barcelona’s Sant Andreu District

On the eve of its second anniversary, American Space Barcelona has received over 50,000 visitors and organized about 400 activities. American Space Barcelona (ASB) is excited to announce that it is expanding its activities and workshops to three new libraries located in the Sant Andreu District (Bon Pastor, Trinitat Vella-José Barbero and La Sagrera-Marina Clotet) …

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The United States Returns a Columbus Letter to Spain

On September 10, U.S. Ambassador to Spain Duke Buchan III returned a rare letter written by Christopher Columbus to Spanish Minister of Culture José Guirao. The letter had been stolen from a museum in Spain in 2004 and was later recovered by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The letter is a cultural asset of enormous …

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US Air Force and Spanish Air Force Advanced Aerial Training Exercise at Albacete Base

On August 16, two U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors and airmen from the 95th Fighter Squadron of Tyndall Air Force Base visited Spain to participate in an advanced aerial training exercise with Spanish Eurofighter and F-18 airplanes at the Albacete Air Base. The F-22 is the premier operational 5th-generation fighter, possessing a unique combination of …

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Madrid Zoo Aquarium to Host Technology Event Zoohackathon 2018 For First Time

Illegal trafficking and poaching of wild flora and fauna are among the illicit activities causing the greatest global concern, posing a serious threat to the security, political stability, economy, natural resources, and the cultural heritage of many countries and regions. Each year, 1.5 million live birds and 440,000 tons of medicinal plants are illegally trafficked, …

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Launching IN3 Spain 2018

The U.S. Embassy, the Chamberí Valley Association, and Endeavor Spain have officially launched IN3 Spain 2018. Ambassador Duke Buchan III, Chamberí Valley President Ander Michelena, and Endeavor Spain’s Managing Director Adrian Garcia Aranyos signed the official Public-Private Partnership on July 17 at the U.S. Embassy. Sponsored by Cisco, BBVA, Telefonica, Capital Group, EnaGas, and the U.S. Embassy, …

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Public Diplomacy, Telling the History of the U.S. to the World

A group of students working towards their Atresmedia International Master’s degree in Corporate Communication visited the U.S. Embassy to learn about American Public Diplomacy. Counselor for Public Diplomacy Stewart Tuttle led a presentation describing the similarities and differences between traditional and public diplomacy and pointed out the importance of connecting U.S. and Spanish societies through …

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GO TEAM USA!

GO TEAM USA! On Friday July 13th, U.S. Embassy Press Attaché David Connell cheered on Team USA divers at their FINA Grand Prix competition in Madrid. The spirited American athletes made quite the splash in Spain, earning seven medals by the end of the weekend. The group, including former (and, perhaps, future) Olympians, swims away …

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American Football Coach Tom Freeman Interview on Cadena SER

The veteran American football coach Tom Freeman sat down with the Cadena SER´s program ´100 Yards´ to discuss the National Football League (NFL), the importance of football in small town America, and the evolution of the game — both over time and between high school, college, and professional leagues. The former coach drew upon his …

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WebSite Story Wins Various Awards

WebSite Story, an original adaptation of West Side Story, based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and performed by high school students, won various awards this season. The TeAtreVes group won “Best Play in a Foreign Language” (in English) and “Best Direction” awards at the Madrid Regional Government’s 25th School Theater Competition.  They also won the …

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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary June 8, 2018 President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will welcome their majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain to the White House on June 19, 2018. As their majesties visit the United States to celebrate the 300th anniversaries of the founding of …

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Embassy Spokesperson Discusses International Relations with Law and Journalism Students at University of Burgos

Great discussion on international relations and communications at the Faculty of Law of the University of Burgos!  University students and professors engaged US Embassy Spokesperson David Connell in a lively conversation on the practice of public diplomacy and US-Spanish relations. Following the discussion, University Vice Rector René Payo and Dean of the Faculty of Law …

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The U.S. Energy Renaissance

Article by Duke Buchan III, U.S. Ambassador in Spain and Andorra,  Cuadernos Magazine Over the past decade, the United States has experienced an energy renaissance, particularly in oil and natural gas.  Our energy renaissance has had global benefits, including for Spain, which has purchased U.S.-produced, clean liquefied natural gas (LNG).  Growing U.S. exports of oil and natural …

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David Connell Participates in Vaughan Radio Program “The Show with No Name”!

Thank you Alberto Alonso, from Vaughan radio, for receiving us and letting us talk about Jazz on your program ‘The Show With No Name’! On the occasion of the Jazz Appreciation Month, the spokesman of the embassy, ​​David Connell explained the history of jazz in the US, how this musical style emerged and how it …

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Information Officer David Connell Visits the Municipality of Poio, Galicia

To commemorate Earth Day 2018, Information Officer David Connell visited the municipality of Poio, Galicia, on behalf of the US Embassy to thank Mayor Luciano Sobral Fernandez and the people of Montes de Xoan de Poio for taking care of Columbus Forest, the largest forest of California Sequoias in Europe. In 1992, a group of …

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U.S. Embassy Information Officer David Connell Conducts a Master Class on Public Diplomacy

On April 18, the U.S. Embassy Information Officer David Connell conducted a Master Class on Public Diplomacy organized by the European University of Madrid. The meeting was part of the “XXIV Week of Global Communication, Fiction and Truth” in which the Embassy Spokesperson had the opportunity to explain to more than 50 students and professors …

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Lecture on Public Diplomacy to the Master COPE Radio Students

Knowing the functioning of the Public Diplomacy section, and understanding how this office Works in Madrid, has been the objective of the lecture provided by responsibles of the Press and Social Media Section to the Master COPE radio students. It has been an entertaining, informative and practical meeting, where the 25 students of the Master …

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Message from Ambassador Buchan

This week, as we mark the culmination of National African American History Month, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on the contributions African Americans have made throughout the history of the United States. This year in particular, we recognize “African Americans in Times of War,” and reflect on the heroism of African …

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Ambassador Buchan’s Remarks at American Chamber of Commerce in Spain

Ambassador Buchan’s Remarks at American Chamber of Commerce in Spain Welcome Cocktail The Westin Palace, Madrid Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Good evening everyone. It’s a great pleasure to be here with you. I want to congratulate Jaime and all the members of the AmCham for your 100 years of success. On behalf of my wife, …

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Ambassador Buchan Recognizes Members of the Spanish Military

In a special ceremony on February 15, Ambassador Buchan presented medals to nine members of the Spanish military in recognition of their military accomplishments and their contribution to the excellent bilateral military relationship between Spain and the United States. In remarks at the ceremony, Ambassador Buchan saluted the unbreakable bonds that exist: “The presence of …

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Fishackathon 2018: Solutions to Protect Our Waters

On February 10-11, the U.S. Embassy, the University of Cádiz, International Campus of Excellence of the Sea, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment  (MAPAMA), with the collaboration  of the Spanish Oceanagraphic Institute, Santander Universities, Marine Instruments and IBM celebrated the global initiative “Fishackathon 2018.” Fishackathon is a worldwide competition launched by the …

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Remarks by Ambassador Buchan at Conference on Security, Defense, and the International Order

Joint Conference of the U.S. Embassy and the Royal Elcano Institute: “Security, Defense, and the International Order.” February 13, 2018 President Emilio Lamo de Espinosa; Director General Fidel Sendagorta; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen.  I am pleased to welcome you to the first of a series of conferences on the U.S.-Spain relationship organized by the …

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Animal Welfare Award

On January 24, Counselor for Public Diplomacy Stewart Tuttle accepted an award on behalf of the U.S. Embassy given by the Official College of Veterinarians of Madrid to the American people for treatment of animals during the evacuations that happened after Hurricane Harvey. The award also recognizes animal protection laws for the rescue of domestic …

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Under Secretary Shannon Travels to Madrid

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 10, 2018 Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., will travel to Madrid, Spain on January 11-12. He will meet with senior Spanish officials to discuss bilateral relations, security cooperation, the situation in Venezuela, and other key issues of mutual concern. To …

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Under Secretary Shannon Travels to Madrid

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 10, 2018 Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., will travel to Madrid, Spain on January 11-12. He will meet with senior Spanish officials to discuss bilateral relations, security cooperation, the situation in Venezuela, and other key issues of mutual concern. To …

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Reopening of U.S. Consular Agency in Seville, Spain

On January 9, Embassy Consul General Liza Petrush welcomed U.S. citizens to a town hall to celebrate the reopening of the U.S. Consular Agency in Seville. With this reopening, U.S. citizens residing in or visiting the western region of Andalusia, including Seville, Cádiz, Córdoba, Huelva, and Jaén, can obtain locally passport and notary services, reports …

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Press Release: U.S. Ambassador Duke Buchan III Arrives in Madrid

Duke Buchan III arrived in Madrid on Sunday, December 17, to take up his duties as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain and the Principality of Andorra. His wife, Hannah, and his three children accompanied him. Chargé d’Affaires Benjamin G. Ziff of the U.S. Embassy in Madrid received Ambassador Buchan and his …

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Statement of Duke Buchan, Nominee to Be U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra

Statement of Duke Buchan III Nominee to be U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra Senate Committee on Foreign Relations September 27, 2017 Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Murphy and Distinguished Members of the Committee. And another special thanks to you, Chairman Johnson for your personal introduction and for your support. It is a great …

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President Trump’s Decision To Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

President Trump‘s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital aligns U.S. presence with the reality that Jerusalem is home to Israel’s legislature, Supreme Court, President’s office, and Prime Minister‘s office. We have consulted with many friends, partners, and allies in advance of the President making his decision. We firmly believe there is an opportunity for …

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Duke Buchan III, New Ambassador-Designate of the United States to Spain and Andorra

Duke Buchan III, of Florida, was confirmed yesterday by the Senate of the United States of America to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Spain, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Andorra. …

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Independence Day Celebration at the Ambassador’s Residence at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid

On July 4, 2017,  Chargé d’Affaires Krishna Urs hosted an Independence Day celebration at the Ambassador’s Residence at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. U.S. Marines and their Spanish counterparts began the night with a presentation of the colors, followed by a renditions of the U.S. and Spanish National Anthems. Chargé Urs gave remarks on the …

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Trafficking in Persons Report 2017

“Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security. “But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. That’s why …

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“Grand Finale” of NASA’s Cassini Mission

On June 13, 2017, Dr. Earl Maize, Dr. Scott Edgington and Dr. Jo Pitesky of NASA spoke about the “Grand Finale” of NASA’s Cassini Mission. The discussion, which was held at Madrid’s Conde Duque Cultural Center in collaboration with Planetario de Madrid, the U.S. Embassy in Madrid and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, drew 250 participants …

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