Marcos Pontes

Marcos Cesar Pontes (born 11 March 1963) is a Brazilian Air Force pilot, engineer, AEB astronaut, politician and author. He became the first South American 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 election 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 and assumed when Bolsonaro\'s government began. He left the post on 31 March 2022 and in the same year was elected federal senator for his state, S?o Paulo.

No. Mission Position Time Duration
1 Soyuz TMA-8 / Soyuz TMA-7 Spaceflight Participant 30.03. - 08.04.2006 9d 21h 17m
Total 9d 21h 17m
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