. March 29, 2006 SouthAmerica: The first Brazilian astronaut will be launched into space aboard a Russian spacecraft on Wednesday, March 29, 2006. ******** âFirst Brazilian astronaut ready for space flightâ Peopleâs Daily â China March 29, 2006 Brazil's first astronaut Marcos Pontes is to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) on Russia's Soyuz spaceship with a Russian-US crew on March 29. The Brazilian is now receiving training at Russia' space training center near Moscow. â¦ Russian president Putin agreed to help Brazil resume its space flight plan and rebuild the rocket launch center during his visit to Brazil in November 2004. .