Marcos Cesar Pontes 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 docked onto 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. After Jair Bolsonaro's victory as President of Brazil in 2018, Pontes was officially nominated to be Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, a post which he accepted days later.
|Born:||Marcos Cesar Pontes, March 11, 1963, Bauru, São Paulo, Brazil|
|Political party:||PSL (2018–present)|
|Other political affiliations:||PSB (2013–2018)|
|Occupation:||Fighter pilot, astronaut|
|Preceded by:||Gilberto Kassab|
|Twitter:||Marcos Pontes's Twitter profile|
|Instagram:||Marcos Pontes's Instagram profile|
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About Marcos Pontes
Brazilian pilot who in 2006 became the first person from his country to enter space.
He reached the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel as a fighter pilot in the Brazilian Air Force.
He spent a week in space as a crew member on NASA's Expedition 12.
He had two children with Francisca de Fatima Cavalcanti.
He, like Marc Garneau , was the first astronaut from his country.
Information related to Marcos Pontes
- Timeline of space travel by nationality
- Brazilian Space Agency - The Brazilian Space Agency is the civilian authority in Brazil responsible for the country's space program. It operates a spaceport at Alcântara, and a rocket launch site at Barreira do Inferno.
- National Institute for Space Research (INPE).
- Aeronautics Technological Institute (ITA) - The Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica is an institution of higher education maintained by the Brazilian Air Force and is located in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
- University of São Paulo (USP) - The University of São Paulo is a public university in the Brazilian state of São Paulo.
- Brazilian General Command for Aerospace Technology (CTA) - The Brazilian Department of Aerospace Science and Technology is the national military research center for aviation and space flight. It is subordinated to the Brazilian Air Force.
- Brazilian engineers