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Brazilian cosmonaut to the ISS will be to learn Russian

December 7 2005

Today gave the go-ahead to the flight of the first Brazilian astronaut Marcus Pontes to the International Space Station Russian Space Agency chief medical commission.

"Home medical board, which includes representatives of the CPC and the Institute of Biomedical Problems, recognized Marcus Pontes fit for the flight to the ISS in spring 2006," - said the chief doctor of the Moscow Region training center for cosmonauts Vladimir Pochuev.

According to him, at present, "a Brazilian astronaut training continues in Star City, in accordance with the schedule." Pontes, a few months to study the structure and systems of the Soyuz spacecraft. Also, Brazilians should learn Russian.

Launch of Soyuz TMA-8 spacecraft, which is to deliver to ISS the 13th main expedition and the first Brazilian astronaut, is scheduled for late March 2006. In October, in Moscow during a meeting between the presidents of Russia and Brazil signed a contract for the flight, Itar-Tass

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