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VenusROVER
2006-Mar-30, 03:08 AM
I watched today live coverage on NASA tv the soyuz launch to the ISS it went perfectly well and also the first brazalian in space went along with the AMerican and Russian crew. Anybody want to comment on the mission.

Maksutov
2006-Mar-30, 05:09 AM
I watched today live coverage on NASA tv the soyuz launch to the ISS it went perfectly well and also the first brazalian in space went along with the AMerican and Russian crew. Anybody want to comment on the mission.I expected to see comments by folks such as Argos, at least. Congrats to Marcos Cezar Pontes, the first Brazilian astronaut (spacecraft flight engineer-2 spaceflight participant, BSA astronaut, Brazil AF Lieutenant Colonel).

Coverage and a launch video may be found here. (http://www.energia.ru/english/)

mopc
2006-Mar-30, 12:30 PM
Well let me make my first post here in months...

I congratulate Marcos Pontes and I am happy that Brazil is going to space, especially since we participate (if minimally) in the construction of the ISS.

Now let´s wait until we finally launch our first payload into orbit..... (last attempt resulted in tragedy).

Argos
2006-Mar-30, 02:19 PM
As a Brazilian I thank all of you for the kind references to our humble space program.

Yes it was a beautiful launch. Folks are exhilarating down here. I just hope Pontes sticks to the (traces of) science and drops some of the scheduled TV performances, like displaying the Brazilian soccer team uniform, Santos-Dumont´s(*) hat, the icon of the Virgin, and so on. Yesterday there were hundreds of people in front of Marcos Pontes house (he lives in this town). His family set up a big screen in the garden so people could party while watching the launch. It was a rather provincial show. I sincerely don´t think all this fuzz is justified.

I´ll be happier when we put our VLS in orbit.

Congrats to Pontes, anyway.

(*) Brazilians believe Santos-Dumont is the "inventor" of the airplane.

(**) The Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science has expressed a sharp criticism at the flight. They argue that the resources would be better employed in the unmanned sapce program.

Disinfo Agent
2006-Mar-30, 02:37 PM
Congratulations, Brazil, and welcome back, Maksutov.

Launch window
2006-Mar-30, 04:16 PM
U.S.-Russian-Brazilian crew on their way
I'm not sure if Marcos Pontes should drop TV performance, he's also an ambassador for space, so before he starts using technical jargon and promoting the idea of experiments and science he first has to start selling space to the masses. Do a bit of politics or diplomacy and get the public in Brazil thinking of space, almost every agency starts out like this.


Great to see Brazil in Space !

more news
http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/03/30/space.brazil.ap/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4859622.stm