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April 7, 2000

Linda Matthews-Schmidt
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(281) 483-8609

Release: J00-23


NASA Astronaut Marcos Pontes will participate in the International Carnival Parade in downtown Houston tomorrow at 1 p.m. The parade is one of several events scheduled for the Houston International Festival, Spotlighting Brazil and will be broadcast live on KTRK (ABC) Channel 13.

Originally from Bauru, San Paulo, Brazil, Pontes was selected as a Mission Specialist Candidate in August 1998. He has completed training and will perform technical assignments within the Astronaut Office until he is assigned to a space flight.

Pontes will be available for autographs after the parade, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the NASA-Johnson Space Center exhibit booth in the DeMontrond Sport City at Sabine and Allen Parkway. Also at the booth signing autographs from 2 to 4 p.m. April 9 will be Mission Specialist Dr. Charlie Camarda, and Mission Specialist Dr. Nick Patrick on April 15.

For more information contact Susan Moriarty at 713/539-0066 or Kelly St. Mary at 713/522-9723, extension 228, or visit the website at


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