Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Latin American Astronauts... ready!

Having a Latin American astronaut launched out to the space won't be an unpreceded event, as the first Latin American Astronaut that had the opportunity to exit our planet was the Mexican scientist Rodolfo Neri Vela, who was sent to a mission along with many other astronauts on 1985.
But never in history a female astronaut coming from any Latin American country has been assigned to any mission to the outter space. And this could change really soon.
There have been rumours that the Russian Space Agency (or Roskosmos) has been negotiating with Venezuelan authorities a space cooperation agreement that, among other issues, would consider the possibility of launching a Venezuelan female to the outter space to accomplish a mission there.
According to the Venezuelan ambassador in Russia, Alexis Navarro Rojas, the agreement is almost ready to be accepted by both parties, and this project could be preformed soon, when both presidents will meet and maybe sign such treaty.
How relevant will this success be in human history? If you ask me, I'd say that this won't make a real difference in the way that this world is moving, and worst of all, this mission won't have a specific target to achieve; besides it will only be used by the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, as a demonstration of how effective and trascendental is his government, and maybe he's thinking that this will help him to reach a little more popularity around the globe (while he keeps wasting his country's money in buying weapons)... it's a creative way to waste about $20 million dollars, which is the estimated cost of this project.
Well, sorry Mr. Chavez, but I think that you'll need something else to gain the world's sympathy.


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