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Blue look: the first Portuguese astronaut to participate in a space mission



Blue look: the first Portuguese astronaut to participate in a space mission

Published on July 11, 2022

Portuguese astronaut Jeff Bezos will take part in a space mission for the first time as part of the crew of Blue Origin’s next mission.

Jeff Bezos is the founder, executive chairman, and former president and CEO of

The announcement was made during the GLEX 2022 Summit in Ponta Delgada, Azores, between July 4 and 7, in collaboration with the New York Explorers Club and the Portuguese company Expanding World, with the support of the Government of the Azores. and Portuguese tourism.

The Portuguese astronaut, whose identity has yet to be released, will board the New Shepherd spacecraft on a date to be announced after at least 14 hours of training and education.

The Portuguese astronaut will be the sixth New Shepard to join the crew of the next space mission. Mercury is named after astronaut Alan Shepard (1923-1998) in honor of his legacy as the first American to reach space on May 5, 1961.

Each special flight that takes astronauts over the 100 km Karman Line, which international authorities consider the limit of space, lasts an average of 11 minutes.

After reaching microgravity, astronauts are in “weightlessness” in subspace for about three minutes.

The Karman line is the height from which space begins. Its height is 100 km (about 62 miles). It usually represents the boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and outer space.

In fact, the New Shepard program is a paid space tourism program that offers six seats in an 11-minute underwater plane 100 kilometers above the Garman Line, giving crew members the status of astronauts.

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The crew capsule is programmed to descend using a parachute, which arrives on Earth a few minutes after liftoff. The design of the new Shepard spacecraft is based on a reusable rocket and capsule.

Organized by the New York Explorers Club and Expanding World based in Lisbon. GLEX Summit 2022 “What’s next?” More than 50 scientists and researchers from 14 countries of the world gathered under the motto.

The program is divided into four main themes: oceans; space exploration; nature conservation and climate change; and the great present and future expeditions of our time.

blue appearance, is a privately held American aerospace manufacturer and suborbital spaceflight services company based in Kent, Washington whose mission is to envision a time when humans can harness the limitless resources of space by developing reusable launch vehicles and space systems. Security, low cost and meeting the needs of all civil, commercial and defense customers.

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The first known qualified Portuguese astronaut was Ana Pires, 41, who graduated as an astronaut-scientist from NASA. A graduate of the Escola de Engenharia do Instituto Politécnico do Porto and a researcher in systems and computer engineering, technology and science (INESC TEC), he received his diploma after successfully completing a certification course at Embry-Riddle Aviation University. , in Florida.

The goal of the course is to prepare candidates for an additional space mission as a NASA Flight Specialist or Payload Specialist. The training included simulations of a hypoxia monitoring mission, piloting an aerobatic aircraft in a G-suited suit, and sessions in a hyperbaric chamber.

Currently, 13 aspiring Portuguese astronauts have moved on to the second stage of the astronaut selection process promoted by the European Space Agency (ESA), which means they can still be selected as part of the first group of European astronauts to travel to the moon. According to the ESA, of the 13 Portuguese invited to the second round of this conference, ten are men and three are women. All of them have already passed the necessary tests to see if they can proceed to the psychological tests of the second stage of the selection process. Initially, 320 Portuguese applied for the ESA program.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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