Russia May Send Brazilian Astronaut to Space in 2006
MosNews | March 7, 2005
A Brazilian astronaut may fly to the International Space Station on board a Russian Soyuz spacecraft next year, the Russian Space Agency announced on Saturday.
The agency head Anatoly Perminov and the head of the Brazilian Defense Ministry’s external relations department, Carlos Augusto Leal Velloso, discussed a “possible flight by the first Brazilian cosmonaut to the ISS next year,” ITAR-TASS news agency quoted the space agency spokesman Vyacheslav Davydenko as saying. Velloso told Perminov that a Brazilian air force officer had undergone NASA training.
Perminov was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying a lot will depend on “how the United States will resume shuttle flights”.
U.S. space shuttle flights have been grounded since the February 2003 Columbia disaster, leaving Russian space craft as the only means of transport to the station. The first space mission on a shuttle since the disaster is scheduled to launch on May 15.
During a visit to Brazil in November, President Vladimir Putin agreed that Russia would help Brazil resume its space program and restore its rocket-launching base, destroyed by an explosion in 2003 that killed 21 people. Russia also promised to take a Brazilian astronaut on a flight to the orbiting station.