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Marcos Pontes

Brazilian - ( AEB)

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Date of Birth: March 11, 1963
Age: 60


Marcos Cesar Pontes (born March 11, 1963) is a Brazilian Air Force pilot, engineer, AEB astronaut and author. He became the first South American and the first Lusophone to go into space when he launched into the International Space Station aboard Soyuz TMA-8 on March 30, 2006. He is the only Brazilian to have completed the NASA astronaut training program, although he switched to training in Russia after NASA's Space Shuttle program encountered problems.

Soyuz-FG | Soyuz TMA-7

Progress Rocket Space Center | RUS
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
Oct. 1, 2005, 3:55 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission:

Soyuz TMA-7 begins Expedition 12 by carrying 3 astronauts and cosmonauts to the International Space Station. Russian Commander, cosmonaut Valery Tokarev alongside Flight Engineers, William McArthur (NASA) & spaceflight participant Gregory Olsen (Space Adventures) will launch aboard the Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and then rendezvous with the station. It landed on April 8, 2006, 23:48:00 UTC

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Soyuz-FG | Soyuz TMA-8

Progress Rocket Space Center | RUS
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan
March 30, 2006, 2:30 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission:

Soyuz TMA-8 begins Expedition 13 by carrying 3 astronauts and cosmonauts to the International Space Station. Russian Commander, cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov alongside Flight Engineers, Jeffrey Williams (NASA) & spaceflight participant Marcos Pontes (Space Adventures) will launch aboard the Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and then rendezvous with the station. It landed on September 29, 2006, 01:13 UTC

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José Raimundo Coelho

The Brazilian Space Agency is a space agency in South America. They work in partnership with the US and Russia aboard the ISS. It was previously operated by the military until 1994. They now operate largely in tandem with other nations. They run a spaceport and rocket launch site both in Brazil. They built the VLM small satellite launch system in tandem with Germany. The VLS-1 was intended to be a primary launch vehicle for the BSA, but it failed 3 times and was canceled. They have restarted work on the system in tandem with the Russian Space Agency.


Falcon 9
Success
1 day, 16 hours ago
Starlink Group 7-15
Space Launch Complex 4E - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

A batch of 22 satellites for the Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Falcon 9
Success
4 days ago
HTS-113BT (Merah Putih 2)
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

HTS-113BT is a new High Throughput Satellite telecommunications satellite in C-band/Ku-Band for PT Telkom Satelit Indonesia (Telkomsat) , a state-own…


Electron
Success
6 days, 5 hours ago
On Closer Inspection (ADRAS-J)
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1B - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

The Active Debris Removal by Astroscale-Japan (ADRAS-J) mission consists of a spacecraft developed and operated by Astroscale aiming to rendezvous wi…


GSLV Mk II
Success
1 week ago
INSAT-3DS
Satish Dhawan Space Centre Second Launch Pad - Satish Dhawan Space Centre, India

INSAT-3DS is an Indian weather satellite built by the Indian Space Research Organisation and operated by ISRO as part of the Indian National Satellit…


H3-22
Success
1 week ago
VEP 4, CE-SAT-1E & TIRSAT
Yoshinobu Launch Complex LP-2 - Tanegashima Space Center, Japan

New test flight of the H3 ordered following the failure of the inaugural launch of H3 in March 2023 with ALOS-3. Main payload is VEP 4 (Vehicle E…